I picked the players who deserved to play - Emery defends Ozil omission

I picked the players who deserved to play - Emery defends Ozil omission

"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".

There was no place in the Arsenal squad for Mesut Ozil (Adam Davy/PA).

Here, Emery said: 'The players who were here were the ones who deserved to be at this match.

Emery is believed to have lost trust in Ozil's work rate in physical contests, but Wright says Arsenal missed a spark without their highest earner on the pitch as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss. Like I said we win with him and lose with him.

"Today West Ham also have very big players".

The Hammers recently received a £35m bid from an unnamed Chinese club for Arnautovic and, despite the fact that the club have expressed their intentions to hold on to the Austrian, it appears as though he wants to leave, with his brother and agent confirming that he is keen to accept the offer from China.

Arnautovic has become a key player for the London club, with the former Stoke City man being transformed into a top-notch striker during his time at West Ham.

But, the 19-year-old did not have to wait too long to get off the mark, curling in a attractive effort from a Nasri lay off three minutes after the interval as Arsenal failed to clear a West Ham corner.

Although Ozil and Arnautovic were talking points, match-winner Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini.

Earlier in the season, Ozil's absence at home against West Ham was put down to illness.

"He is improving in every game he plays, he is now more used to giving us a good build-up in front. [N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".

"There is nothing 100 per cent sure so we will see in the next days how it develops".