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Photos: Aubameyang travels as Arsenal squad flies out to Belarus but no sign of Ozil

By on February 13, 2019

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has flown out to Belarus with the rest of the Arsenal squad ahead of our Europa League clash with BATE Borisov but there is no sign of Mesut Ozil.

The Gabon hitman returned to training this morning after overcoming illness which kept him out of the Huddersfield game at the weekend and he’s now been included in the travelling party that flew-out of London this afternoon.

Auba has only featured three times in the Europa League so far but with Arsenal already out of the FA Cup we have no game this weekend so Unai Emery has taken a strong squad with him for the BATE clash.

Granit Xhaka is also in the squad after recovering from a minor groin injury that’s kept him out of the last two games while experienced heads such as Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have also made the trip to Belarus.

Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac Alex Iwobi and Lucas Torreira are also in the travelling squad while January signing Denis Suarez could make his first appearance in Europe for Arsenal.

However, there was no sign of Mesut Ozil on the plane, despite the playmaker taking part in full training having overcome illness, while Sokratis also looks to have been left in North London after only just recovering from an ankle injury.

The only youngster who’s made the trip is Eddie Nketiah while Aaron Ramsey misses out due to a knee injury and is on the sidelines along with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

Here are more photos of the Arsenal squad flying out this afternoon.

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5 Comments

  1. Simon

    February 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    This whole thing with Ozil/Ramsey is pissing me off. If they had both been playing regularly this season we could possibly have been much higher up in the table. Emery is trying to stamp his authority and it is going to end up like a Mourinho situation. Even if we had paid Ramsey 300k p/w for three years that would have worked out at 43m over the period and we could have sold him in a couple years for maybe 15m to recoup some of it back. Instead, now to find a like for like replacement it will cost at least that and then the wages on top. Doesn’t make sense unless i am missing something.

    • Omar

      February 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      Simon, I understand your frustration, but take a seat and consider all available evidence; Ozil and the £350k per week wages was saddled on AFRC by Ivan Gazidis(ex. CEO).The sole responsibility of running AFC as a stand alone self financing business model was enforced on the now Managing Director of AFC, Vinai Venkatesham and he[Vinai] and Raul Sanllehi(Head of Football) have no choice but to adhere to that business model.

      Unai Emery is Head Coach and answers directly to Raul and Vinai who are also the joint Head of the “Brain Trust” set up by Ivan Gazidis while he was there. It is Raul and Vinai who decide on player transfers, though Emery has a voice, and Vinay on the budget. Now it is plainly clear that Emery has been sanctioned to to do all he can to facilitate the removal of Jesuit Ozil as Ozil is excess to requirement(a passenger) and I am sure that Oil’s contract contains a clause that £50k – £75k of his wages are made up of appearance at games!.

  2. Poldi

    February 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Emrys einstellung ist nicht mehr tragbar er soll seinen Hut nehmen, er ist nicht gut für Arsenal, er war auch nicht mehr tragbar bei PSG kann eigentlich nicht so ganz verstehen wieso der Vorstand auf so einen Psychopathen reinfallen konnte!!! er hat ein Probleme mit starspieler und ich bin mir sicher das er für mein Arsenal nicht gut ist

  3. steven hoka

    February 13, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I do support the idea of Unai the coach of not taking mesuit into consideration due to his un -consistence on his performances…the Idea give the lest of the players to perform well with the mentality of avoiding being in the same situation with Ozil…no player is bigger than the team…don’t compare Unai the coach with molinho bcoz the strategic is not the same these r too different coaches with different values and believes…let’s let our coach do his revolution

  4. steven hoka

    February 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I do support the idea of Unai the coach of not taking mesuit into consideration due to his un -consistence on his performances…the Idea give the lest of the players to perform well with the mentality of avoiding being in the same situation with Ozil…no player is bigger than the team…don’t compare Unai the coach with molinho bcoz the strategic is not the same these r too different coaches with different values and believes…let’s give our coach time and support to do his revolution

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