ARSENAL legend Ian Wright says he is baffled by Unai Emery’s treatment of Mesut Ozil.
Ozil is fit again after overcoming back and knee injuries but was not even in the 18-man squad that slumped to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham yesterday.
Emery defended his decision to leave the Gunners’ highest-paid player at home despite his side’s evident lack of creativity at the London Stadium.
Arsenal struggled offensively against a lively Hammers side and failed to score for the first time since the opening weekend of the campaign.
When pushed over why he opted to leave Ozil at home for the short trip to east London, Emery claimed all of those players who did make the trip deserved to be there.
“I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match,” he said.
“We win with him, we lose with him [Ozil]. I think it is not one player [which means] we can’t win or lose.”
Former Gunners striker Wright stated his concern for the club Match of the Day last night.
He suggested that Emery is making a scapegoat out of the 30-year-old.
“It’s really worrying,” he said.
“I know Unai Emery has had his problems with big players in the dressing room before.
“Right now 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.”