Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil is not for sale

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But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out. "Today the decision is to come with these players".

"I think it's the second phase", former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere said, as he worked as a pundit for the game.

Indeed, Ozil was not part of the 18-man squad for Arsenal's north London derby defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup back in December, with Emery having insisted on that occasion that it was due to "tactical reasons". We could have won or lost, like we can with him.

Ozil seemingly does not fit into Emery's style of football though and according to the Daily Mail, the new Arsenal boss wants the club to find an exit route for the playmaker before the end of the month.

"We know we can't lose him. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players", added Emery.

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West Ham are lining up potential moves for a whole host of strikers as they prepare themselves for life without their talisman Marko Arnuatovic.

The Austria worldwide has been heavily linked with a move to a Chinese club, with his brother also coming out to suggest the devastating attacker wants to leave the Hammers. We need consistency over 38 matches.

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

The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent in the summer when his current contract comes to an end. "[N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".

"I'm sure that we are seeing a top player soon and we will see not only for West Ham but also for the national squad that he decides to play for".

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