One of the most interesting aspects of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth today was the fact that Mesut Ozil was not in the starting line-up.
Despite the fact that he was not away during the Interlull and basically had two weeks off, Unai Emery decided against using the playmaker and also shifted his formation to a 3-4-3 using all of his available centre-halves.
It was something he was asked about after the game and he suggested that he needed more physicality in the team to combat a hard-working Bournemouth side.
On the German’s absence, he said, “We thought how we can be better in the match today which is very demanding with the physicality and the intensity – but every player is important.
“Also today we tried with three centre backs like we’ve done at some stages this season and it’s another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance.”
There was no room for Ozil from the bench either, as Emery continued, “It depends how it is coming the match, how it is coming in the 90 minutes, and I decided for another option.
“In the beginning of the season we were speaking every day about being organised and competitive – and it’s the same today.”