LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of the matchday squad in their 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday.

An hour before the game, Arsenal announced the starting lineup and substitute bench, and midfielder Mesut Ozil was nowhere to be found in the list.

Arsenal went on to lose the game 1-0, thanks to Declan Rice’s 48th-minute goal, but Emery believes they had players good enough to win.

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“We had enough players to win today and impose our gameplan, and impose our tactical quality against them,” Emery told the club’s website.

“We also respect them and they have good players. With their supporters here, they feel stronger.

“Maybe for the bench, some attacking players could have helped. But I think we had enough with these players.

“We decided that the players here were the best for this match. We’ve won with him, we’ve lost with him. No one player makes the difference between winning and losing the game.

“Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could have won or lost like we can with him.

“We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players.”

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