Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly facing an uncertain future at the Emirates after Unai Emery snub against Bournemouth on Sunday evening.
The Spanish manager has dropped Ozil for the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over The Cherries at Vitality Stadium.
Speaking about Ozil on Sunday, Emery revealed that the German midfielder was dropped due to his work rate.
“We thought how we can be better in the match today, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity. But every player is important,” Emery said.
“Also today we tried with three centre-backs, like in some moments this season, we worked today and it is another possibility to improve or find our best performance in the squad.”
However, former Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who currently turned to pundit, has revealed his verdict on Emery decision to bench Ozil.
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Yesterday Mesut was benched by Unai. Not for the first time this season but for the 4th. And this makes me sick. Yesterday Unai used a new system. It resulted yes but 2-1 is not a huge win. And I know it's not the best system for attacking midfielders but Mesut can play as a winger too, so I absolutely see no reason why he was benched. Emery could perfectly have put him in the place of Iwobi or Mkhitaryan, those players are good but they are light years away from Mesut, even at the wing. Emery used to inspire me trust but now he doesn't anymore. Benching the team's best player in EPL and UEL matches doesn't make sense at all. This shit is happening too many times, and if it continues to happen I think you all know what I think Mesut should do. Seeing Unai benching him just makes my opinion stronger🙄 Oh, and the guy says Bournemouth is too "demanding" for Mesut. He played at Real Madrid, played 3 world cups and 2 euros, one world cup final, scored/assisted against every big team he played, scored in quarters and smifinals of Euros and Champions league and has over 200 assists but an average team like Bournemouth is too demanding for him. I swear I will make a meme about Unai's logic. Source: @ozil.arsenal1071 #MesutÖzil #MesutOezil #MesutOzil #Mesut #Ozil #Oezil #Özil #M10 #M1Ö #Mes #MÖ #TeamÖzil #UnaiEmery #Unai #Emery #Arsenal #AFC #ArsenalFC #ArsenalFootballClub #Coach #Football #Player #FootballPlayer #Footballer #Soccer #SoccerPlayer #Idol #Baller #Training #EPL
“He has to put the manager in a position that he is the first one on that sheet,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.
“And at the moment he is not doing that. He’s not creating enough, as we know he can. He has to start producing week in, week out.”
“What this manager is bringing to Arsenal now is nobody is safe of a place. You have to produce and that’s why they are stronger.”
“That’s why you see a kind of urgency in their game. And I think he is trying to give Ozil at times a kick under the bum.”
Arsenal are back in action on Thursday for their Europa League clash with Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava.