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Arsenal travel without Mesut Ozil for Europa League clash with BATE

14 February, 2019, 06:34 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Alex Iwobi's volley is deflected into the Huddersfield goal to give Arsenal the lead

However, Arsenal need to provide Ozil a platform to showcase himself if they are to successfully part ways with him in the summer, and Europa League is the ideal competition to provide him with plenty of minutes.

Wright said: "What I like about [Alex] Iwobi, somebody that takes a lot of stick from the Arsenal fan base, is he continually tries to get forward and tries to play his game, which is taking players on and getting into the box".

As if in agreement with Wright, Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has kept his faith in Iwobi despite the constant criticism who has started 15 games in the English Premier League this season.

If the truth be told, the game wasn't actually that comfortable as Huddersfield played some nice football while we laboured towards all three points.

Ozil has struggled for regular game time recently and has managed only one start in 2019, in the 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium last month. "We prepare every day for every competition and this is what we are aiming for". If we ask if it's easy or hard for us, then I think it's hard, but we can. He wanted to stay and work with us to show his capacity in pre-season. In the Premier League we also have the possibility.

More defensive lapses, though, and Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish could be in serious danger. They are in their pre-season and have had an overhaul of their squad, with seven departures and three players coming in.

Arsenal have had a mixed season but right now the biggest problem they have is in defence. "This year, when they played in the groups, against Chelsea, they lost 1-0 but had chances to score and draw", he said.

A preview of the game stated in part: "Aubameyang is a likely starter with Arsenal not playing at the weekend, while Ozil could also feature from the opening whistle with Denis Suarez lining up alongside him".



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