West Ham 1 – Arsenal 0
Remember when Arsenal were over 20-games unbeaten this season?
Those days are now long gone following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.
A goal from Declan Rice – his first for the Hammers – early in the second half decided the contest.
Arsenal’s loss leaves them fifth in the Premier League with 41 points.
If Man United beat Tottenham by three clear goals on Sunday, the Red Devils would move level on points and goal difference with the Gunners.
As for the Hammers, they are ninth in the division with 31 points.
Arsenal & Mesut Ozil
Once again Mesut Ozil was nowhere to be seen for Arsenal at West Ham.
Prior to the match against the Irons, Ozil revealed on social media that he’d been training all week with the rest of the squad.
However, when it came to the matchday, Unai Emery couldn’t even find space for Ozil on Arsenal’s bench.
It has to be pointed out that Arsenal lacked an attacking edge against the Hammers.
Couldn’t Ozil have provided that?
This situation, of course, isn’t new for Ozil, who has been repeatedly omitted from Arsenal’s squad this season.
Ozil, as has been well-documented, earned around 350,000 pounds a week at Arsenal.
At the same time, Arsenal have claimed they can only sign players on loan this January due to a lack of funds.
What’s going on?
Ian Wright on Unai Emery & Ozil
Did Ian Wright criticise Unai Emery?
Speaking on Match of the Day after the West Ham defeat, Wright revealed he can’t understand what’s happening with Ozil:
It’s really worrying, I know Unai Emery has had his problems with big players in the dressing room before and it seems like Ozil in this dressing room is the one he’s taking it out on.
For Ozil not to be in the 18, whatever’s going on with him, I can’t get my head round that. I think he should be given the opportunity to play himself into form or out of form.
We cannot afford to have arguably the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history not even in the 18.
After 60, 70 minutes, we didn’t create anything. I don’t think Arsenal are in a position where we can leave Mesut Ozil out of the 18.
Wrighty can't get his head around the Mesut Ozil / Arsenal situation. pic.twitter.com/kNHwO1cHTP
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 12, 2019