Unai Emery has suggested that he left Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal squad to face West Ham due to tactical reasons, claiming that he has trained normally all weekend
The suggestion had been that the German playmaker was still suffering with a knee injury and thus had not been risked for Saturday’s game against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out. He told reporters: “I decided the players who are the best for this match. We win with him and lose with him. Not one player is for sale.
“He’s working this week normally. Like I said we win with him and lose with him. Today the decision is to come with these players.”
The Gunners would come unstuck at the London Stadium, with Declan Rice’s goal early on in the second half proving the difference between the two sides.
It is the first time Arsenal have been beaten away from home by the Hammers since 2006, when Marlon Harewood’s 89th-minute strike claimed all three points for the hosts at Upton Park.