Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, praised Mesut Ozil for his impressive performance on Wednesday’s round of 16 Carabao Cup despite losing to Liverpool on penalties.
Ozil had been benched for a while and Wednesday’s match was only his third appearance on the field this season. But it didn’t deter him from showing his quality which included a superb assist to Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ fourth goal for Arsenal.
Ozil was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi on the 65th minute, but Emery revealed it was all part of the plan.
“Mesut Ozil is back helping us with his quality and his spirit,” Emery told Sky Sports.
“It was in the plan to replace him, we had spoken about that before.”
On Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool, the Spaniard said, “A crazy match, I am very proud of their work, we had a high rhythm in the first 45 minutes. At the end we were winning until the last action. Penalties are 50/50 and we lost.
“We are sad but our work, we deserve to have more. There are lots of positives to take.
“Defensively, both teams cannot be happy with that. But for the supporters it was an amazing 90 minutes. The result was always changing. It was spectacular.
“We can be proud of our work but not the result.”
Meanwhile, no decision has been made on Xhaka returning to the field after his rude response to jeering fans during 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“Granit Xhaka? Now I cannot say how we are going to play on Saturday. We have to take it step by step.” Emery admitted.