Arsenal coaches believe Mesut Ozil has been exaggerating his injuries this season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 6:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Emery and Ozils relationship has deteriorated Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has slammed Emery for refusing to play Ozil, insisting that Arsenal’s squad is not good enough for the German to be left out.‘You play your best players and then your work around them,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘He’s there best player and he doesn’t play… It beats me. He must sit at home and watch them and think, “how do I not get in this team?”‘I dont know if they are trying to push him into retire because he must sit there and think, “I might as well retire if I can’t get in this team”.‘You play him and you go from there. I scratch my head every week.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesMerson added: ‘I don’t think he’s that influential to build a team round him.‘But I still think you put him in the team and you sacrifice something.‘Maybe you have to bring out another attacking player and put another defensive midfield player in. For me he has to play, he’s their best player.‘Play this man. He gets on the ball, he makes things happen. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but you have to stick with him. Arsenal aren’t good enough for him not to be in the team.’center_img Arsenal coaches believe Mesut Ozil has been exaggerating his injuries this season Mesut Ozil has only played 102 minutes of football since the turn of the year (Picture: Getty)Arsenal coaches believe that Mesut Ozil has been exaggerating his injuries this season as his frustrations continue under Unai Emery.Ozil, 30, has been left out of Arsenal’s recent matches against Huddersfield and BATE Borisov and was an unused substitute in the side’s defeat away at Manchester City at the beginning of the month.Back in December, Ozil learned that Emery had dropped him to the bench for Arsenal’s clash with Tottenham and subsequently ruled himself out of the derby altogether with a back spasm.Illnesses and knee problems have also been cited at reasons for Ozil’s absence this season but, according to the Daily Mail, not all Arsenal coaches are buying it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe report claims that, while medical staff detected a minor back issue ahead of the north London derby, there was a feeling that Ozil was exaggerating the problem and could have played without pain.Many at the club believe Ozil was simply looking for an excuse as he did not want to be on the substitutes bench at the Emirates. Emery after defeat to BATE: ‘We deserved to win’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:46FullscreenEmery after defeat to BATE: ‘We deserved to win’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Roma hatch plan to squeeze extra £12m out of Manchester United for Kostas Manolas transferlast_img read more