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Emery comments spark fresh doubt over Ozil's Arsenal future

Ozil was dropped by Emery for Arsenal's win over Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Unai Emery's relationship with Mesut Ozil is under scrutiny again after the Spaniard appeared to suggest Sunday's match at Bournemouth was too "demanding" for the German.

Ozil was a substitute for the 2-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium, despite having had a two-week break during the international window and with a Europa League trip to Ukraine coming up where Emery is expected to use a number of his fringe players.

Asked about the decision not to play Ozil, Emery said: "We thought how we can do better in the match, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity."

He added: "But every player is important. In the beginning of the season we were speaking every day about the need to be competitive."

Ozil missed the 3-1 win over West Ham in August, when it was reported he and Emery had argued at the training ground. Emery said that the player had been too ill to train.

The Gunners have extended their unbeaten run to 17 matches but they had drawn their last three Premier League fixtures before their trip to the south coast.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in to tuck home and seal the win after Josh King had equalised for Bournemouth following a remarkable Jefferson Lerma own goal.


I'm not bothered if Ozil plays - Cardiff boss Warnock

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Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he is not bothered if Mesut Ozil plays for Arsenal in their Premier League game on Sunday.

Ozil played no part in Arsenal's first win under new manager Unai Emery against West Ham last weekend.

There were reports of a training ground bust-up between player and manager, but Emery said the Germany midfielder was missing from the team simply due to illness.

"I'm not too bothered (if Ozil plays), I've got enough worries," Warnock said ahead of Arsenal's trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.

He can come and play me for me if he wants," Warnock added on Ozil.

"When you're a top international player like he is, someone who has seen and done it all, it's only a matter of time before you click.

"I don't think you worry about players at that level."

Cardiff are without Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Aron Gunnarsson as they seek to open their Premier League goals account, while Junior Hoilett is also a major doubt.


Mesut Ozil announces retirement from international football

Mesut Ozil has retired from international football Credit: PA

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football in an emotional statement, saying he feels "unwanted" by the national team.

The Arsenal man was fiercely criticised as Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage, while a photograph he posed for with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the tournament led to his loyalty to Joachim Low's side being questioned.

Ozil, who is of mixed German and Turkish heritage, said on Sunday night that he and his family had received hate mail, threatening phone calls and social media abuse.

In a statement on Twitter he wrote: "The treatment I have received from the DFB (German Football Association) and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.

"I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten."

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