EPL: "Bournemouth Too Physical For Mesut Özil" - Unai Emery
If any top player in any team is being rested against Bournemouth when your next match is away to Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League; then there is a problem.
Former Germany international, Mesut Ozil is already walking alone. He was left on the bench for 90 minutes plus added time as Arsenal picked all 3 points away at Bournemouth.
Nigeria International, Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were preferred by the manager to play in the attacking creative roles behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
The Gunners looked solid and held on to a 1-1 draw before pushing for the winner later on.
Emery's decision has fuelled suggestions that he maintains a difficult relationship with Ozil.
After the game, he claimed he did so because he did not believe the player could cope with the physically demanding nature of coming up against Eddie Howe’s men.
Fatigue and jet-lag following the recent international break was not an issue given the 30-year-old retired from playing for Germany prior to the start of the season and it was noticeable how he did not even warm up during the second-half.
"We thought how we can do better in the match, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity.
"I am happy with the players. They [showed] control over 90 minutes. This was important", Emery said.