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‘The Bloke’s Living In Cloud Cuckoo Land’ ‘Seems Entirely Reasonable To Me’ Arsenal Fans Debate Emery’s Decision To Drop Key Man

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has explained his decision to drop Mesut Ozil for tonight’s Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The German international was not named in the travelling party that flew out to Germany, and despite only having played 71 minutes this season, Emery explained that the playmaker is being rested:

“We are playing a lot of matches and I want to use different players, and also have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad for [Frankfurt]”

“We are going to play another match on Sunday. My decision is because he played, and I decided who the players are who can be the best for tomorrow, and also the players not, and those are Sokratis and Mesut.”

A number of supporters on Twitter cannot understand the rationale behind the decision:

Others have been more understanding, hoping that Emery is keeping Ozil back for the game against Aston Villa on Sunday:

With barely a match under his belt this season, you would have thought the Europa League game against Frankfurt would have been a perfect opportunity to build up Ozil’s fitness.

However, Emery seems to think otherwise and it appears he’s easing the German back into games. If he doesn’t start against Villa, though, there will again be massive question marks over why Ozil is not featuring more regularly.

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