Arsenal coach to players: Show passion against Spurs

Ross Houston
December 20, 2018

This statement will surely be a huge blow for Unai Emery who was planning to launch a bid for the dynamic midfielder at the start of the new year.

"It's a tactical decision because I thought that the players that were with us today were the best choices for this match", Emery told reporters when asked about the Ozil's absence. Arsenal have to eat maybe half his wages and Ozil will still go to a good side.

Indeed, some Arsenal supporters took sympathy with him and turned their angst to Emery for making the decision to play him there in the first place, while others, who clearly don't rate the Swiss star, made their point why that is the case when reacting on Twitter after the final whistle.

But Emery refused to elaborate on why he didn't want to include Ozil, or whether he would be open to selling the midfielder in January. "We have 24-25 players, whether one plays or another doesn't, the decision is for me and today it was tactical".

"I am thinking about the match on Saturday [against Burnley] and not thinking about another situation", he said.

"Every player is important". We are going to assess every player, how they are tomorrow in training and for a hard match against Burnley on Saturday.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, was happy with his side's response to their 4-2 Premier League defeat at Emirates Stadium on December 2.

"This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them". We'll see where they are come the end of the season and we'll see where we are'. Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were enough to knock Arsenal out of the league club.

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