Ilkay Gundogan ‘surprised’ by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil has been sparingly used by Emery this season (Getty Images)‘It looks a bit more elegant and slow, but believe me it’s so difficult to defend against these kind of players. They make everything look so easy and I think sometimes you forget to appreciate these kind of things.‘Obviously we always watch games and, even me, we always think we know better. But on the pitch it’s always a different story.‘A player like him, with his huge talent, I don’t think it just surprises just me, but a lot of people, that he doesn’t play regularly. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 11:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link742Shares Advertisement Ilkay Gundogan ‘surprised’ by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenalcenter_img Comment Unai Emery has often left out Mesut Ozil for ‘tactical reasons’ (Getty Images)Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits he has been surprised by Unai Emery’s decision to constantly drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal this season.Ozil, who is Arsenal’s highest earner on £350,000 a week, has started only 14 games in all competitions this season and has often been left out of the squad due to ‘tactical reasons’ by Emery.But Gundogan, who played alongside Ozil for Germany’s national team, believes the decision is an oversight because of how influential the midfielder can be.‘I think people always criticise Mesut because they think his attitude on the pitch is not a good one, that he doesn’t care that much,’ Gundogan told Sport360.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But I think people just struggle to accept that you can have the more emotional kind of players, the more aggressive ones and you have players like him, you know, that need maybe this calmness for their game. Ilkay Gundogan insists Ozil is difficult to defend against (Getty Images)‘Of course I have sympathy for him. Also, because I know the more regularly you play, the easier it is because you have the rhythm and just keep going and you don’t think about certain things too much.‘My experience from the last couple of years at City is that you get your game time and then the next few games there’s always someone coming in with similar quality, ridiculous quality, and our manager in these kind of cases has a very tough job.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 City‘He always has to choose who to pick and try to divide game time throughout the whole squad.‘That’s a very tough thing to do. In a team like Manchester City, Arsenal, and other big clubs, it’s quite difficult just to have the same 11 players starting every week‘From my own experience, the more you play, back-to-back games, the better you feel, with more self confidence and rhythm.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img

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