West Ham eye Callum Wilson as Arnautovic alternative

Ross Houston
January 14, 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squad (Yui Mok/PA).

The Arsenal head coach stuck with the side which beat Fulham in their last Premier League outing, but the visitors were poor as they failed to find the back of the net in a league game for the first time since the opening weekend of the campaign.

"I repeat, the club must see what is best for the club, the player, for everyone.I hope they will take the decision that works for everyone". If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance. I think it is not one player (which means) we can't win or lose.

Ozil's last full game was the 3-1 win over Burnley on 12 December but he has been left out of the starting XI on nine occasions in the league this season.

But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to sell Mesut Ozil before the end of the January transfer window, according to a report.

But, the 19-year-old did not have to wait too long to get off the mark, curling in a lovely effort from a Nasri lay off three minutes after the interval as Arsenal failed to clear a West Ham corner.

West Ham are interested in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as a potential replacement for Marko Arnautovic.

It is a hard situation, I can't put myself in his shoes.

Although Ozil and Arnautovic were talking points, match-winner Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini.

West Ham's main man is desperate to leave the club this month and was the subject of a £35million bid from an unknown Chinese club earlier this week.

He is yet to decide whether to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at worldwide level, but Pellegrini is sure that whichever nation he opts to play for will benefit. We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment. He reminds me of Kante, Makelele, those type of players.

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