Unai Emery has chosen to start Mesut Ozil against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal fans are convinced that Unai Emery is out to stitch up Mesut Ozil against Liverpool as the midfielder earns a rare start.
The German is finally back in the Gunners squad for the trip to Anfield and is making only his third appearance of the season.
Ozil has been used as somewhat of a scapegoat for Arsenal in recent times when he plays during a defeat, and Arsenal fans on Twitter believe that’s why Emery has picked him for the clash.
“Emery out here starting ozil so that if we lose he knows who to blame,” one fan tweeted.
Another said: “Emery’s hung ozil out to dry with that front 3.”
A third wrote: “As much as I want Ozil in the team, but you now slap him away from home at Anfield, knowing that when we lose fans will blame him, I see you Emery ffs”
A fourth also agreed that Emery was out to stitch up Ozil: “Ozil starting away at Anfield is prime time setting up someone to fail. Emery hates this dude with his whole heart.”
Mesut Ozil lines up in attack alongside Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe are on the bench, making way from the team that drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace.
Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang is not even in the squad though, and is rested for the clash with Wolves on Saturday.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Ozil expressed his frustration at being made a scapegoat in north London.
“It always happens that an ex-player stands there on TV and criticises me,” Ozil said.
“Others just continue the theme and it gets in everyone’s heads.
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“If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault. If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference — I do, too — but it’s not that straightforward.
“I’m not the only player in the team and, don’t forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us.
“Also, what is a ‘big’ or ‘small’ game? In the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone. Look at Wolves and Norwich beating Man City, or Newcastle and West Ham beating Man United.
“So you can’t say my good performances only came in ‘small’ games because these games don’t really exist. The intensity is there in every match and often the ‘small’ teams raise their standard against the ‘big’ teams.”