Emery confirms why 29-year-old was removed from Arsenal team on Saturday

Unai Emery has revealed the reason behind one of the most noticeable changes in his team for the game against West Ham this weekend.

The new Arsenal manager named virtually the same starting line-ups for the first two games of the campaign which saw his side lose 2-0 at home to Manchester City before succumbing to a heart-breaking 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge a week later.

On Saturday though, there was a major change in the team which saw Mesut Ozil excluded from the 18-man squad which faced West Ham in the London derby at the Emirates stadium.

There were some rumours which went as far as claiming that the 29-year-old was removed from the team due to a bust-up with the Arsenal manager earlier in the week.

However, Emery has moved to clarify matters and revealed why Ozil was nowhere to be found this weekend.

“Maybe in English it is difficult to explain, but first, why is this information [being reported]? It isn’t true.” the Gunners boss said

“That information needs first to be true. Who is starting to telling you or us this information? You ask me, or the doctor, or the club. He was sick yesterday.”

“He spoke with the doctor and with me, and decided not to play today. But he did not leave training [due to that], but because he was going to his home, because he was sick.”

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