Date: 20th December 2018 at 7:55pm
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believes is ‘making a statement’ by dropping Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker was left out of the 18-man squad for last night’s quarter-final defeat to Spurs.

When asked before the game why Emery omitted Ozil from the squad, the Spaniard replied:

“It was a tactical decision.”

Ozil has not started a game since mid-November and Emery has previously questioned the creative midfielder’s work-rate and physicality.

Ozil’s latest snub from the squad will only increase speculation on his future at Arsenal, and former Liverpool defender Nicol suggests the 30-year-old needs to leave the club for the situation to be resolved:

have to eat maybe half his wages and Ozil will still go to a good side.

“Clearly Emery has sent a message. I am surprised, there’s no question they’ve had a falling out and he’s making a statement.

“I think he’s making a statement to the as well, ‘This is my team, this is how we do it, I don’t care what the name on the back of your jersey is – this is how we’re going about it.’

“To be fair, the seem to have said, ‘OK, that’s fine with us.’ They’re putting it in.

“The only way this changes is Ozil leaves.”

Both Milan and Manchester United have recently been linked with a January move for Ozil, but it remains to be seen if either make an offer, or if the player wants to leave the Gunners.

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