Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jettisoning Ozil Is One Call but There's a Bigger Decision for Arsene to Make

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jettisoning Ozil Is One Call but There's a Bigger Decision for Arsene to Make

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

top competition at the group stage, we should not rule out the possibility that Chelsea will end it gloriously; Jose Mourinho's team at least have a better than even chance of reaching the quarter-finals after their first-leg draw in Paris.

But the Mancunian misery was uncomfortably echoed at the Emirates last night as Monaco, who are only a little more likely to win Ligue 1 than Arsenal are to sweep past Chelsea and claim the Premier title, looked a cut above Arsene Wenger's side, physically and mentally, if not and this was why such shame lay at the feet of Mesut Ozil and others technically.

We all make mistakes and my most recent was to hint, before the match, that Wenger would have his men up for it but there is no excuse at this level for laziness or poor preparation and Arsenal stand accused of both.

They have been like this before, especially in tough away matches domestically. Yet there was hope that the resolve and tactical astuteness shown at Manchester City signalled a change. …

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