The German playmaker was left out of the 18-man squad for last night’s Carabao Cup 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 Premier League 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:
“Arsenal 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 players 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.’
“The only way this changes is Ozil leaves.”
Both Inter 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.