Unai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash

first_imgUnai Emery explains why he’s left Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home for Eintracht Frankfurt clash Unai Emery has rested Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that he decided to leave Mesut Ozil at home for Arsenal’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt so the midfielder will be well rested and ‘ready’ to face Aston Villa at the weekend.Ozil, 30, made his first appearance of the season away to Watford at the weekend, managing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw before being replaced by Reiss Nelson at Vicarage Road.The German joined the rest of his team-mates in training ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener, but did not fly to Frankfurt on Wednesday afternoon.Emery has also given Sokratis Papastathopoulos a rest, with the Greek defender playing every minute of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign so far this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s match with Frankfurt, Emery explained: ‘We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match.‘I prefer after Sunday’s match [for Ozil] to rest and train and to be ready for Sunday [against Aston Villa].’ Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:47FullscreenUnai Emery and Sead Kolasinac preview Frankfurt matchhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-sead-kolasinac-preview-frankfurt-match-2008692/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery was impressed with Ozil’s performance against Watford and believes the playmaker is ready to play a bigger role for Arsenal.‘We are going to play another match on Sunday,’ Emery added.‘My decision is because he played [at Watford] and also I’m thinking about Thursday, with the focus on the first 11, and after that I decided who are the players who can be the best for Thursday. The players [who are] not is Sokratis and Mesut.’‘The first match he [Ozil] played on Sunday he played good physically, also giving us his capacity and skills.‘His first minutes for us were good and now he is ready to help us, not on Thursday, but Sunday. On Thursday we are thinking to do some rotation.’MORE: Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan teammate Marcelo Brozovic square up in dressing room bust-up Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link386Shares Commentlast_img read more

Proteas recall Du Plessis, Van der Dussen for India ODI tour

first_imgCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa have recalled top-order batsmen Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen for their three-match One-Day International tour of India later this month, while left-arm spinner George Linde is named in the squad for the first time.Du Plessis and Van der Dussen were rested for the on-going three-match home series against Australia, where South Africa lead 1-0 after a thumping 74-run victory in the opener on Saturday.Linde, 28, has impressed in domestic 50-over cricket this season, and played a single test in India last October where he took match figures of 4-133 in Ranchi, his only international appearance to date.He takes the place of leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is not available for the short tour due to the imminent birth of his first child. Keshav Maharaj is the other frontline spinner in the squad.“It is exciting to see the amount of competition for spots that we have within the team and in the (domestic) franchises, it’s a good headache for us as selectors to have,” Cricket South Africa independent selector Linda Zondi said in a media release on Monday.“We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We are also particularly pleased with the balance of youth and experience that we have achieved while our young leadership group continues to establish itself.”The squad will be captained by Quinton de Kock and play the first ODI in Dharamsala in Mar. 12. That will be followed by a match in Lucknow three days later, before the series finale in Kolkata on Mar. 18.Squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lundi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj.last_img read more