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Why Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reluctant to start Mesut Ozil against Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The German may find himself on the bench on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Despite returning to the first team in recent weeks, Mesut Ozil is in danger of being benched for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.The German started in Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Rennes, coming off after 70 minutes, while he was sensational in the thumping win over Bournemouth at the end of February.However, Ozil has missed a number of big matches this season, only coming off the bench at Wembley against Spurs and playing no part in trips to the Etihad, Anfield and Old Trafford. 1 min. story It is claimed that the Spaniard has three main concerns: that Ozil does not work hard enough off the ball, does not track back and even pulls out of tackles.More: 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 CityEmery has been keen to try and improve the physicality and aggression of Arsenal’s performances, particularly in big games, and Ozil simply does not suit those requirements.The team will already be without Lucas Torreira in the heart of midfield after his three-game suspension for a straight red card against Tottenham, giving even less room to carry the likes of Ozil. Why Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reluctant to start Mesut Ozil against Manchester United About Connatix V67539 Full Screencenter_img Emery has avoided using Ozil in high intensity matches (Picture: Getty)Now The Times report that Ozil is in danger of being benched even though the side are playing at home on Sunday, with Unai Emery still having doubts over his highest earner.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Emery has a few selection dilemmas as he tries to stop United’s unbeaten run (Picture: Getty)That said, Emery has no complaints about Ozil’s application in training after overcoming his injuries and illness over the festive period, and he is well liked by the rest of the dressing room.If Ozil is left on the bench, it would be the 19th time in Arsenal’s last 26 games since early November that he has failed to start – though the Gunners’ attack will at least be boosted by the return of Alexandre Lacazette, who was suspended against Rennes in midweek.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors PLAY Video Settings Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 10:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link697Shareslast_img read more