Arsenal team news: Mesut Ozil could be ruled out of Manchester United tie with injury after missing training – The Independent

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Arsenal team news: Mesut Ozil could be ruled out of Manchester United tie with injury after missing training – The Independent

Mesut Ozil is unlikely to be available to Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Manchester United on Wednesday.

The German midfielder was missing from Arsenal’s 4-2 win against north London rivals Tottenham and is set to be absent from another big fixture.

Ozil did not train with the first team on Monday as he continues to struggle with a back injury.

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1/22 Bernd Leno – 5/10

Has been really good since replacing Petr Cech in net but today won’t be a day he looks back on fondly (on a personal level anyway). He should’ve done much better with Spurs’ equaliser and that goal cost Arsenal their momentum in the game. He did make some good stops, mind.

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2/22 Shkodran Mustafi – 6

An uncomfortable performance from Mustafi. Always looks like he’s going to score a goal going forward but his defending is suspect and got too tight to Kane quite often.

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3/22 Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 7

A slightly better performance than his central defensive partner but there’s not much in it, really.

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4/22 Rob Holding – 5

Much improved player but like Leno, a huge error in decision-making cost his side a goal. Slid in on Son for the second goal and despite the limited contact, it was a ridiculous tackle to make.

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5/22 Hector Bellerin – 7

A threatening performance going forward and can’t really blame himself for anything defensively in the game.

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6/22 Lucas Torreira – 8

He’s certainly what Arsenal have been missing for the last few years with a bit of grit and determination in the heart of midfield. Scored the fourth goal of the game which was an absolute beauty.

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7/22 Granit Xhaka – 7

Strangely enough, Xhaka was a bit of a passenger and that’s unusual for him as he’s normally involved, one way or another. Didn’t make any errors either though so that’s got to be considered a good day.

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8/22 Sead Kolasinac – 8

The Bosnian full back, like his Spanish counterpart on the right hand side, was fantastic. A constant menace to that Spurs back line and sent in some delightful crosses.

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9/22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7

He was one of the key reasons Arsenal came storming out of the blocks early in the first half but he slowly laboured and lost his impact on proceedings and was replaced at half time.

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10/22 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9

Scored the penalty that gave Arsenal the lead and chased a lot of causes down both wings. Will be remembered for his second goal which was a little bit special. The curl on the ball and the way Lloris stood to watch it fly past was glorious. Assisted the fourth goal with a classy pass to put the icing on the cake.

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11/22 Alex Iwobi – 5

The least threatening of the forward players and his decision making often let him down, too slow to react to potentially promising situations. Replaced at half time by Lacazette.

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12/22 Hugo Lloris – 7

Made some crucial saves during Arsenal’s early onslaught and was quick to come off his line at the key times. Conceded four times but didn’t really deserve it.

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13/22 Serge Aurier – 6

Was a physically distressed figure after the first 20 minutes and was taken apart on Arsenal’s left hand side. Improved as the match went on but always seems to be playing games on the edge.

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14/22 Juan Foyth – 5

Not brilliant himself and has been another player who plays on the edge, and always looks like making a rash decision. Nothing particularly bad this afternoon but the first 20 minutes were enough to wobble any defender. Improved in the second half with some key interceptions.

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15/22 Jan Vertonghen – 4

Has reason to be rather unhappy with his return to the starting line up, giving a penalty away for a needless handball and simply being rather unnerving to watch at the back. Unusual for him. Arsenal rampant against him. Shown a red card with 5 minutes to go to top off a bad day.

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16/22 Ben Davies – 6

Not a particular threat going forward but nor was he ripped to shreds like his fellow full back partner. Didn’t add too much to proceedings though, either. Taken off for Rose in the latter stages.

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17/22 Eric Dier – 7

A typically gritty performance from Dier who received his customary yellow card but also scored a goal to silence to the Emirates. Sadly for him, it didn’t last.

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18/22 Moussa Sissoko – 5

He’s one of Spurs’ most improved players recently but today wasn’t his finest. Struggled to dominate the midfield.

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19/22 Christian Eriksen – 7

Set up the equaliser with a fabulous free-kick, curled in perfectly and low. Otherwise played some neat passes in key areas but fpund himself on the back foot for a lot of the game.

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20/22 Dele Alli – 5

Like Eriksen, struggled to really impose himself on the game, and unlike Eriksen, didn’t make a meaningful difference to proceedings but did get himself a yellow card.

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21/22 Harry Kane – 6

Scored the penalty and potentially had a good 5 minutes in the game but rarely threatened the Arsenal goal.

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22/22 Son Heung-min – 7

Won the penalty to give Spurs the halftime lead, as well as winning the free-kick that enabled them to equalise. However, he squandered a number of chances, too.

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1/22 Bernd Leno – 5/10

Has been really good since replacing Petr Cech in net but today won’t be a day he looks back on fondly (on a personal level anyway). He should’ve done much better with Spurs’ equaliser and that goal cost Arsenal their momentum in the game. He did make some good stops, mind.

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2/22 Shkodran Mustafi – 6

An uncomfortable performance from Mustafi. Always looks like he’s going to score a goal going forward but his defending is suspect and got too tight to Kane quite often.

REUTERS

3/22 Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 7

A slightly better performance than his central defensive partner but there’s not much in it, really.

PA

4/22 Rob Holding – 5

Much improved player but like Leno, a huge error in decision-making cost his side a goal. Slid in on Son for the second goal and despite the limited contact, it was a ridiculous tackle to make.

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5/22 Hector Bellerin – 7

A threatening performance going forward and can’t really blame himself for anything defensively in the game.

REUTERS

6/22 Lucas Torreira – 8

He’s certainly what Arsenal have been missing for the last few years with a bit of grit and determination in the heart of midfield. Scored the fourth goal of the game which was an absolute beauty.

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7/22 Granit Xhaka – 7

Strangely enough, Xhaka was a bit of a passenger and that’s unusual for him as he’s normally involved, one way or another. Didn’t make any errors either though so that’s got to be considered a good day.

Getty Images

8/22 Sead Kolasinac – 8

The Bosnian full back, like his Spanish counterpart on the right hand side, was fantastic. A constant menace to that Spurs back line and sent in some delightful crosses.

Getty Images


9/22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7

He was one of the key reasons Arsenal came storming out of the blocks early in the first half but he slowly laboured and lost his impact on proceedings and was replaced at half time.

REUTERS

10/22 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9

Scored the penalty that gave Arsenal the lead and chased a lot of causes down both wings. Will be remembered for his second goal which was a little bit special. The curl on the ball and the way Lloris stood to watch it fly past was glorious. Assisted the fourth goal with a classy pass to put the icing on the cake.

Action Images via Reuters

11/22 Alex Iwobi – 5

The least threatening of the forward players and his decision making often let him down, too slow to react to potentially promising situations. Replaced at half time by Lacazette.

REUTERS

12/22 Hugo Lloris – 7

Made some crucial saves during Arsenal’s early onslaught and was quick to come off his line at the key times. Conceded four times but didn’t really deserve it.

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13/22 Serge Aurier – 6

Was a physically distressed figure after the first 20 minutes and was taken apart on Arsenal’s left hand side. Improved as the match went on but always seems to be playing games on the edge.

AP

14/22 Juan Foyth – 5

Not brilliant himself and has been another player who plays on the edge, and always looks like making a rash decision. Nothing particularly bad this afternoon but the first 20 minutes were enough to wobble any defender. Improved in the second half with some key interceptions.

REUTERS

15/22 Jan Vertonghen – 4

Has reason to be rather unhappy with his return to the starting line up, giving a penalty away for a needless handball and simply being rather unnerving to watch at the back. Unusual for him. Arsenal rampant against him. Shown a red card with 5 minutes to go to top off a bad day.

REUTERS

16/22 Ben Davies – 6

Not a particular threat going forward but nor was he ripped to shreds like his fellow full back partner. Didn’t add too much to proceedings though, either. Taken off for Rose in the latter stages.

AFP/Getty Images


17/22 Eric Dier – 7

A typically gritty performance from Dier who received his customary yellow card but also scored a goal to silence to the Emirates. Sadly for him, it didn’t last.

AFP/Getty Images

18/22 Moussa Sissoko – 5

He’s one of Spurs’ most improved players recently but today wasn’t his finest. Struggled to dominate the midfield.

Action Images via Reuters

19/22 Christian Eriksen – 7

Set up the equaliser with a fabulous free-kick, curled in perfectly and low. Otherwise played some neat passes in key areas but fpund himself on the back foot for a lot of the game.

PA

20/22 Dele Alli – 5

Like Eriksen, struggled to really impose himself on the game, and unlike Eriksen, didn’t make a meaningful difference to proceedings but did get himself a yellow card.

Getty Images


21/22 Harry Kane – 6

Scored the penalty and potentially had a good 5 minutes in the game but rarely threatened the Arsenal goal.

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22/22 Son Heung-min – 7

Won the penalty to give Spurs the halftime lead, as well as winning the free-kick that enabled them to equalise. However, he squandered a number of chances, too.

Action Images via Reuters

Unai Emery named Ozil on the bench for the Gunners’ match against Bournemouth but did not bring him on as the side overturned a 1-0 deficit to win the match and revealed he did not fit his preferred system on the day.

Speaking ahead of the Manchester United match, Emery said that Ozil’s back injury could keep him out for an unspecified amount of time. “I don’t know if he’s okay for Wednesday,” he said.

“He’s had a backache since last Tuesday. He couldn’t play in Kiev or Sunday. At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester.”

Mesut Ozil has struggled to establish himself under Unai Emery (Getty)

Granit Xhaka is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. Nacho Monreal, Konstantinos and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined with injuries.

Provisional squad to travel to Manchester United: Leno, Cech, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah.

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