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Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s decision to axe Mesut Ozil backed by Raul Sanllehi

Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi has decided to side with his manager over the growing problem between him and Mesut Ozil.

The German has been largely left out of first-team proceedings this season, with Unai Emery preferring deeper midfielders such as Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira.

In fact, he has only appeared once in the Premier League while his last start came against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

Ozil earns the most in the Arsenal squad, raking in a cool £350,000-a-week and there are questions over his relationship with Emery behind the scenes.

Unai Emery does not see Mesut Ozil fitting into his plans anytime soon at Arsenal

And Arsenal chief Sanllehi has backed his manager, seemingly taking a swipe at the ex- Real Madrid star’s work ethic.

At a fan forum, he said: “Unai’s policy has always been to play the ones that work hard in training.”

Emery recently addressed why he had taken a stand against his most high-profile player after another no-show against Standard Liege in the Europa League.

He said: “When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.

“He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match – and we are going to decide the same.”

Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi has sided with Unai Emery over the Mesut Ozil issue

Meanwhile, the Mirror have reported that Ozil fears he may have played his last game for the Gunners.

Arsenal are working to offload the World Cup winner and are prepared to subsidise his wages to get him out the door.

Despite the playmaker stating that he loves life in London, it is becoming increasingly clear that he does not fit in Emery’s plans.

There has been interest from the MLS but his wages will prove a huge stumbling block.

Fenerbahce has also been touted as a possible destination but it is not known whether or not he would entertain offers from Turkey.

At 30, Ozil feels he has more to prove and is certainly not over the hill yet.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-boss-unai-emerys-decision-20557906

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