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No Ozil for Arsenal as Sane returns to City bench

  • Arsenal named a youthful XI against Manchester City on Wednesday, with Mesut Ozil not even making the bench.


Modified 18 Jun 2020, 00:18 IST

Mesut Ozil - cropped
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil was not included in Arsenal’s matchday squad for their Premier League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday.

Ahead of the Gunners’ first match since the Premier League resumed amid the coronavirus, coach Mikel Arteta revealed he had a fully fit squad to choose from.

But World Cup winner Ozil was not included in the starting XI or named on the bench at the Etihad Stadium.

Arteta opted for a youthful line-up, with Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka joining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in supporting Eddie Nketiah up front.

The unscheduled mid-season break allowed left-back Kieran Tierney to return to fitness and start for the first time in 2020, while Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette were among Arsenal’s nine substitutes.

On the opposite bench, meanwhile, City winger Leroy Sane was involved after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the season-opening Community Shield.

Sane has been widely linked with a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich but is available to first feature in City’s run-in.

Record goalscorer Sergio Aguero also started from the bench for Pep Guardiola’s side, as Eric Garcia was selected next to Aymeric Laporte in the centre of the defence.

Published 18 Jun 2020, 00:18 IST

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