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Arsenal: Fans were left fuming with Unai Emery over Mesut Ozil substitution

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Arsenal fans shared their anger at manager Unai Emery for withdrawing Mesut Özil from the club’s Carabao Cup match with Liverpool at Anfield.

The German was returning to the side after being left out of the starting eleven for over a month in all competitions.

His performance was impressive, being involved in the build-up play to most of the Gunners goals in a game that finished 5-5 on the night. He did eventually provide an assist in the rare outing he had for Emery’s side on Wednesday night as he provided Ainsley Maitland-Niles with their fourth of the match after working hard to keep the ball alive in the penalty box (per video highlights on YouTube).

However, he was substituted on the 65-minute mark for defensively-minded midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, a move that caused fans on Twitter to question their manager’s decisions once again.

What do we think?

Indeed, it was nice seeing Özil in an Arsenal shirt on the pitch again as he looked to produce a solid showing, despite having not featured regularly for Emery. Of course, why the Spaniard felt the need to take the playmaker off was questionable, although perhaps it should not have come as a surprise considering how little he has played (the reason the manager eventually gave), or maybe it is done to how things are perceived between the duo currently. Maybe he’s saving him for Saturday’s home tie against Wolves but since he’s been not-so-quietly kept from Gunners fans for so long, we’re not holding our collective breaths.

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