Unai Emery defends Mesut Ozil omission in defeat to West Ham

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Ozil has missed a number of games this season, with differing reasons given for his absence.

"I decided that the players I have here were the best for this match".

Arsenal have now gone five games away from home without a win and Wilshere, who was discarded by Emery during the summer, believes his old side need to toughen up if they are to arrest their recent slide.

"We didn't impose ourselves on the game but we had enough (quality) players to win the game", he said.

But when pushed over why he opted to leave Ozil at home for the short trip to east London, Emery claimed all of those players who did make the trip deserved to be there. It's just a shame that we didn't win any silverware with the players and the team we had, but I had good memories.

"We have won with him, we have lost with him, and he is not one player that is for sale".

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Emery added: "We have the players to continue our way, the club is working (on new signings), but I am happy with the players and we need everybody also to continue after this bad result".

Arnautovic has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but West Ham released a statement this week insisting the Austria worldwide "is not for sale".

The north London side slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat yesterday at West Ham. I had obviously heard about him when I came to the club, but seeing him on the training ground, he has a big future ahead of him.

Ozil's agent recently came out in the press to reject those rumours, though, saying: "I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut's situation".

He is yet to decide whether to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at worldwide level, but Pellegrini is sure that whichever nation he opts to play for will benefit.

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