Sarri opens up on Hazard or Giroud selection against Arsenal

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He was fit and available for last weekend's defeat to West Ham but manager Unai Emery made a decision to leave him at home - for tactical reasons.

Questions are being asked of whether Ozil - who hasn't started a game since the 3-1 win over Burnley on December 22 - has a future at Arsenal, let alone if he'll feature.

"I'm not thinking about that", added Emery.

The former Sevilla and Paris St-German boss isn't contended with the German's work-rate on the field of play, hence, he wants to cash-in on his signature before the end of the January transfer market. He didn't play the last matches but to me he's just like any other player. Now he is training consistently.

"I was working with him [Mislintat] the last two weeks", Emery said. "The most important thing for me is how he can help us and how every player can help us with their consistency".

"So the match will be really very hard and, for us, will be really very important".

Shanghai SIPG are weighing up a potential bid for out-of-favour Arsenal star Mesut Ozil during the winter transfer window, it has been claimed. "I'm thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances".

Unai Emery, the Arsenal head coach, has insisted he is working "normally" with Sven Mislintat despite the club's head of recruitment being expected to leave the club.

"Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team".

Ozil's hostile attitude has caused his teammates to distance themselves as they look to focus on securing a place in the Champions League.

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