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Arsenal lost 3-0 at Manchester City and, while it wasn’t great, it was mostly David Luiz’s fault and wasn’t going quite so badly until he got involved. So what did Mikel Arteta think about it all and what can we learn from his comments after the game?
Until Arsenal were forced into making two changes due to injury, they were holding their own against City.
Unfortunately, both changes came within the first 25 minutes and after Luiz was brought on to replace Pablo Mari, who has missed just nine matches through injury in his entire career before coming to Arsenal, it all went to poo.
Here’s what I picked up from Arteta’s comments after the game.
Mesut Ozil is done at Arsenal
Arteta said the reason he left the German out of the squad for their first match back was ‘tactical’.
It was an excuse Unai Emery used to give quite a lot in regards to Ozil and I slated him for it. Perhaps I shouldn’t have.
I’m a huge Ozil fanboy but when two managers are unable to find a way to slot in a man who is supposed to be one of the best creative players in the game, even I have to admit it looks more like Ozil’s fault than the Arsenal manager’s, whoever that happens to be.