Unai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Arsenal’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt

Unai Emery has rested Mesut Ozil for Arsenal's Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt
has rested for Arsenal’s clash with (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery has revealed that he left Mesut Ozil at home for Arsenal’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt so the midfielder can be rested and ‘ready’ to face Aston Villa at the weekend.

Ozil, 30, made his first look of the season away to Watford at the weekend, managing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw earlier than being changed by Reiss Nelson at Vicarage Road.

The German joined the remainder of his team-mates in coaching forward of Thursday’s Europa League opener, however didn’t fly to Frankfurt on Wednesday afternoon.

Emery has additionally given a relaxation, with the Greek defender enjoying each minute of Arsenal’s Premier League marketing campaign thus far this time period.



Speaking forward of Arsenal’s match with Frankfurt, Emery defined: ‘We are enjoying now lots of matches and I need to use completely different gamers and can also have some rotation within the first 11 and within the 19 gamers within the squad.

‘Sokratis and Mesut they relaxation this match.

‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to relaxation and prepare and to be prepared for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’

Emery was impressed with Ozil’s efficiency in opposition to Watford and believes the playmaker is able to play a much bigger position for Arsenal.

‘We are going to play another match on Sunday,’ Emery added.

‘My decision is because he played [at Watford] and also I’m eager about Thursday, with the concentrate on the primary 11, and after that I made a decision who’re the gamers who might be the very best for Thursday. The gamers [who are] not is Sokratis and Mesut.’

‘The first match he [Ozil] performed on Sunday he performed good bodily, additionally giving us his capability and expertise.

‘His first minutes for us were good and now he is ready to help us, not on Thursday, but Sunday. On Thursday we are thinking to do some rotation.’

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