The fact that Mesut Ozil isn’t in tonight’s squad for the Carabao Cup tie with Sp*rs this evening raised eyebrows, particularly when it was revealed that the German wasn’t sidelined through injury.
The official explanation from the club as to his omission from the squad is that it was a tactical decision by Unai Emery.
Considering the 30 year old has barely played in the last month, he would have been relatively fresh for this game, but the boss has decided not to include him in the 18 with youngsters Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah named among the substitutes.
With Emery previously having dropped Ozil for a game against the Premier League’s least physical team because he felt it would be too physical for him, and now not picking him for a North London derby it raises real questions about his future at the club.
Key men like Lucas Torreira, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka are all playing tonight after much more hectic schedules, and you don’t need to read between the lines to realise there’s something wrong with this situation.
No doubt we’ll hear plenty more about this post-game and in the days to come.