Arsenal lack consistency for top-four finish, says Unai Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squad

Former Arsenal favourite Samir Nasri started against his old club as the midfielder made his Premier League debut for the Hammers.

Here, Emery said: 'The players who were here were the ones who deserved to be at this match. I think it is not one player (which means) we can't win or lose.

Ozil's last full game was the 3-1 win over Burnley on 12 December but he has been left out of the starting XI on nine occasions in the league this season.

But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out.

"Today West Ham also have very big players".

"We know we can't lose him".

It came at the end of a week when the Austrian pushed - through his brother - to be sold to a Chinese club and West Ham insisted he was not for sale.

Gray feels that players are clever now and that Arnautovic's actions point out that he is likely to leave the club.


Arsenal old boy Samir Nasri made his first Premier League start for West Ham against his former club and nearly produced an assist in the first half when he showed great composure to hold the ball up and lay the it off to Felipe Anderson on the edge of the box.

"We'll see what happens in the next days", Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

Marko Arnautovic salutes the crowd as he is substituted against Arsenal (Yui Mok/PA).

Although Ozil and Arnautovic were talking points, match-winner Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini.

The 19-year-old celebrates his birthday on Monday and has recently signed a new contract with West Ham.

He is yet to decide whether to represent England or the Republic of Ireland at worldwide level, but Pellegrini is sure that whichever nation he opts to play for will benefit.

Emery answered: "Yes but I can say he is working this week normally".

"He is improving in every game he plays, he is now more used to giving us a good build-up in front".

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