Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed the reason behind Mesut Ozil was left out of the Gunners squad on Sunday night against Bournemouth.
The North London side beat Eddie Howe side 2-1 at Dean Court thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the winner in the second half.
Emery has decided to play a 3-4-3 formation with Alex Iwobi, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang in the frontline.
Asked about Ozil’s omission after the match, Emery explained that playing against Bournemouth was demanding the physicality and the intensity.
“We thought how we can be better in the match today, which is very demanding with the physicality and the intensity. But every player is important,” said Emery.
“In the beginning of the season we were speaking every day about being organised and competitive – and it’s the same today.”
“Also today we tried with three centre-backs like we’ve done at some stages this season. And it’s another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance.”
“It depends on how the matching is coming and how the result is coming during the 90 minutes. I decided for another option.”
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