Unai Emery on Ozil’s absence from Arsenal’s win over Vitoria

Arsenal narrowly beat Vitoria

Arsenal played host to Vitoria SC on Thursday evening, in what should have been a fairly routine win for the north London outfit.

Unai Emery would deploy a fairly strong squad, with the likes of Hector Bellerin and new boy Kieran Tierney in from the start.

However, despite the Portuguese outfit having not picked up a single point in their Europa League group before their trip to the Emirates, they would take the lead inside eight minutes on Thursday.

The Gunners would equalise in the 32nd minute through Gabriel Martinelli, but Vitoria hit back just four minutes later.

With the tie drawing to a close, Arsenal looked set to be dealt a rather embarrassing defeat, after a fairly lackluster display.

But Nicolas Pepe would come off the bench to net two outstanding free-kicks, which gave Arsenal an altogether-underserved 3-2 victory.

Highlights: Arsenal 3-Vitoria 2

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal on the bench during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary’s Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Ozil left out again

Mesut Ozil was once again completely omitted from Arsenal’s matchday squad to face Vitoria.

The German is very much on the fringes of the Arsenal squad this campaign. He has not featured in any of Arsenal’s last five matchday squads.

After the narrow win over Vitoria, Unai Emery was asked about Mesut Ozil’s absence, to which the Spaniard gave this rather blunt response:

“Tonight is not the day to speak about that.

“I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.

“He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” As quoted by the Daily Mail.

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