Unai Emery reveals what he told Mesut Ozil before snubbing Arsenal midfielder against Chelsea

Arsenal boss Unai Emery told Mesut Ozil to be ready to play against Chelsea before leaving the midfielder on the bench at the Emirates.

First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealed a 2-0 victory for Arsenal to close the gap on Chelsea in the Premier League table to just three points.

Ozil, who has been in and out of the side since Emery took over the reins, was omitted from Arsenal’s squad altogether a week before at West Ham and was an unused substitute on Saturday.

The playmaker’s future remains uncertain but his £350,000-a-week wages at Arsenal make a January transfer move extremely unlikely.

Emery claims he would have been comfortable playing Ozil against top-four rivals Chelsea despite the German only making 12 league starts this season.

‘He was on Saturday okay to play, but we decided not play [him],’ Emery revealed after the win.

‘I spoke with him also and I want to him be ready for the match today, for the next matches like all the players in the team.

‘Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality.’

Ozil will be desperate for game-time when Arsenal host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

He missed Arsenal’s third-round victory over Blackpool with a knee injury.

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Done Deal: inside source personally confirm Arsenal January transfer

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Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey has signed a contract with Juventus ahead of a move this summer, according to the Daily Express.

There has been a lot of speculations in the media lately surrounding the Welshman’s future at Arsenal with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

He has become free to begin precontract talks with foreign clubs as he enters the final six months of his contract.

Juventus have been linked with a move for him in the past months and are believed to have reached an agreement with him over a summer switch.

Romano revealed in a tweet that an agreement has been reached between the player and the Turin side, and a medical completed.

“ Aaron Ramsey has signed his contract today and will be new Juventus player.

“He also did medicals on last week.

“Done deal as a free agent for next June. ”

Should the claims turn out to be true, the Gunners would be losing out on a possible transfer fee they could have gotten if they had sold him this January, given the club’s current financial situation, that would be a chance they’ll rue.

Former Gunner Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger is to blame for Ramsey’s contract debacle. “ It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down ,” he recently told Sky Sports.

“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.

“Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.

“In footballing terms, it’s criminal.

“It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.

“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!

“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older.

“But they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever. “

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Huge: Unai Emery personally hold talks with midfielder to seal transfer

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has held talks with the agent of AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been very impressive since moving to Rome from Inter Milan in the deal that saw Radja Nainggolan move the other way.

The Gunners have been in the hunt for midfielders to replace departing Aaron Ramsey who is set to join Juventus, and they are now rumored to be interested in Zaniolo.

The Gunners seem to be in the process of overhauling their midfield under Unai Emery, with their longest serving player Ramsey set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

While Mesut Ozil is reportedly being shown the door by the manager according to rumors in the media.

The Gunners director of football Raul Sanllehi has been in touch with the players representative, claims

La Gazette dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schirra.

“Arsenal is interested in Nicolo Zaniolo for the next season, ” Schira wrote on Twitter.

“Emery and Sanllehi have talked with his agent Claudio Vigorelli, but Rome wants to renew him until 2024. ”

The youngster has worked his way into the Roma starting lineup after starting the campaign on the fringes and has gone on to make 16 appearances in all competition.

He has impressed enough to earned a call up to the Italian national team for the first time in September even though he did not make an appearance.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea 2-0 – Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]

Arsenal vs Chelsea 2-0 Highlights Download 19 January 2019 Premier League

Chelsea are unchanged from their win over Newcastle last week. Hazard leads the line through the middle, with Alvaro Morata not present in the matchday squad. Giroud is on the bench along with Hudson-Odoi, who continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

Arsenal have made three changes to the side that was beaten by West Ham last time out. Ramsey, Torreira and Bellerin come into the fold, while Maitland-Niles, Mustafi and Iwobi drop to the bench. Ozil is left out of the starting line-up once again.

SUBS: Ross Barkley, Willy Caballero, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Andreas Christensen, Emerson, Ethan Ampadu.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Pedro, Eden Hazard, Willian.

SUBS: Petr Cech, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi.

ARSENAL (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi; Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal v Chelsea – View From The Enemy – Great stat-rich Preview

The big game approaches and as the Gunners prepare to take on Chelsea at the Emirates I have been looking at Chelsea’s official website for this week’s View from the Enemy and it is extremely well researched. So it is definitely worth a read before the game.

So here it is……

For the second Saturday running it is the 5.30pm slot for Maurizio Sarri’s men. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for the Blues’ chance to do a derby double…

TALKING POINTS

It is west versus north across the capital this weekend, with Spurs’ trip to Fulham on Sunday offering Chelsea the chance to ease two points clear of the Lilywhites first by beating their north London rivals at Emirates the evening before.

The Blues, boasting the third-best away record in the league, will be taking on the Premier League’s third-best home-soil side. For Maurizio Sarri’s men, who have won the last three on the road, it is the first league match away from the Bridge in 2019. Four would be nice, and success on Saturday night would complete the league double over the north Londoners for the fifth time in 13 years.

LONDON MINI-LEAGUE 2018/19

P W D L PTSF A GD

Arsenal 7 4 1 2 13 20 11 9

Chelsea 6 4 1 1 13 10 6 4

Tottenham 5 4 0 1 12 10 6 4

West Ham 6 3 1 2 10 7 6 1

Crystal Palace 6 1 1 4 4 7 10 -3

Fulham 6 0 0 6 0 3 18 -15

The Emirates has been relatively a happy hunting ground – no visiting club can lay claim to as many victories there as the west Londoners’ five. Some of those are included in the current run of one defeat in 14 league games against the Gunners, which includes eight victories and five draws. Only Liverpool and Manchester United have beaten Arsenal more times in the Premier League era.

The Gunners fell to back-to-back away defeats with last weekend’s loss at West Ham, but home comforts served them better over Christmas and New Year with emphatic wins against Burnley and Fulham. Everything is poised for a match of immense importance in the race for the top-four places.

Chelsea have conceded 17 goals in the Premier League this season – 15 fewer than Arsenal’s 32.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are unbeaten in four league games having lost three of the previous six. Arsenal have not won in five Premier League games on the road, but at home they are undefeated in 10.

Helpfully, last weekend’s results stretched the Blues’ points advantage over the Gunners to six, the most since mid-September. The west Londoners have stayed ahead of Unai Emery’s team throughout the campaign, though the gap has varied from goal difference alone to four points in early November.

The two clubs were on level-pegging again as recently as Christmas Eve, however, and a win, sending Sarri’s side nine clear of the north Londoners, would be a sizeable psychological blow in the battle for Champions League places.

The fixtures list meant four of the other five teams in the current top six visited Stamford Bridge over the first half of the campaign. Only Tottenham are yet to come to SW6, and this is the first of several potentially decisive challenges on the road from now until May.

CHELSEA AWAY MATCHES AGAINST TOP 6

Arsenal 19 January

Man City 10 February

Liverpool 12 April*

Man United 26 April*

*Subject to change for TV coverage.

When Eden Hazard passed to Willian for his winner against Newcastle, it made it double figures in assists as well as goals for the Belgian after 22 league matches. He is the quickest to do so since recently departed Blue Cesc Fabregas in 2009/10, when he was playing for this weekend’s host.

The Belgian’s league goals have been worth 10 points to his side this season, while those of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have earned 12 for Arsenal, the most in the Premier League this season.

Premier League top-scorers

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 14

Harry Kane (Tottenham) 14

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 14

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 10

Sergio Aguero (Man City) 10

Richarlison (Everton) 9

Raheem Sterling (Man City) 9

Calum Wilson (Bournemouth) 9

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