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Emery unable to explain Ozil’s back injury

Emery unable to explain Ozil’s back injury

The man allegedly threw a banana skin after 10 minutes when the Arsenal players celebrated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opening goal in their 4-2 win over their north London rivals.

On Sunday afternoon at the Emirates, Tottenham Hotspur were humbled 4-2 at the hands of Arsenal.

For Tottenham, this was a third big game in nine days - following last weekend's victory over Chelsea and the midweek defeat of Inter Milan - and it felt like a bridge too far for exhausted players. "And Wednesday is for us a good example, we need to think now about the Manchester match".

Aubameyang's opener had been cancelled out by Eric Dier, before Harry Kane put Spurs ahead with another penalty.

"Some players would sulk and say, I'm leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn't really matter, but his attitude has been spot on".

Arsenal's next-closest creator is wantaway midfielder Aaron Ramsey with 16.

It was a bold move from Emery, but one he said he had considered even before the match started.

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His dismissal for a second bookable offence late in the game means he will serve a one-match suspension. Asked when Ozil suffered this problem, Emery said that he "did not know".

The Spaniard remained tight-lipped about Mesut Ozil's absence, though.

"It was a very competitive game, it's tough for us because the fixture was after Chelsea and Inter Milan, it didn't help us, but the team was very competitive", Pochettino told Sky Sports. Ozil was left out of the squad and the club said he had back spasms, having been left on the bench against Bournemouth last weekend.

It later emerged that the German global had been suffering from back pain and was not fit enough for the match day squad.

Emery praised the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium during the game, suggesting it inspired Arsenal's victory.

"Without sounding disrespectful to Southampton but if he has to leave him out leave him out for that game".