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Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil's Arsenal omission defended by manager

Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil's Arsenal omission defended by manager

I don't think Arsenal are in a position to be leaving Mesut Ozil totally out of the 18.

The German, who has been sidelined through injury but was passed fit for Saturday's game, did not travel to the London Stadium, with Emery saying, 'the players here are better for the match today'.

"I've spoken to him about it and I know he's got a bit of loyalty towards Ireland because obviously he's played for the younger ranks so he's got that bit of loyalty to them". Like I said we win with him and lose with him.

Declan Rice made headlines yesterday when he scored the victor for West Ham in their derby against Arsenal, putting the icing on an accomplished midfield display. "We continue working with every player because they are all important, but the decision was to come with these players".

The Austria worldwide has been heavily linked with a move to a Chinese club, with his brother also coming out to suggest the devastating attacker wants to leave the Hammers.

Gray feels that players are clever now and that Arnautovic's actions point out that he is likely to leave the club.

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West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini backs Samir Nasri to be a difference-maker for his side following his first Premier League start since 2016.

"We will see what happens in the next few days and I hope he will take the best decision", Pellegrini said when asked if the former Stoke man had been waving goodbye.

"I have been in this position a lot of time in my 30 years, but I'm calm with nothing 100 per cent sure (regarding Arnautovic's future)".

Although Ozil and Arnautovic were talking points, match-winner Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini. He reminds me of Kante, Makelele, those type of players.

The 29-year old joined West Ham in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to make 53 appearances for the Hammers.

"But he is a good player".