West Ham eye Callum Wilson as Arnautovic alternative

Mauricio Pochettino

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi returned from injury for Arsenal but there was no place in Unai Emery's squad for Mesut Ozil. "It's an issue that the club must see what is the best for him, for the player, for the club, for everyone".

In-form Manchester United, meanwhile, are level on points with Arsenal after maintaining their 100 per cent record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Sunday's 1-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley.

Away form has been a particular headache for Emery, his side having failed to win any of their past five matches on the road in the Premier League.

Former top flight forward Andy Gray believes Marko Arnautovic was indicating he is leaving West Ham when he was brought off against Arsenal on Saturday.

"At the age of 19, I don't think there are many players better than him in that holding midfield position". 'Now it's more hard, it's clear. Like here, for example, they are with their supporters, they feel good and strong and can push.

"And then sometimes we are doing but like today [Saturday] we need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our idea and our quality". In November, Emery cited "physicality and intensity" when Ozil was left out at Bournemouth. "It's one decision, when is coming one player or not coming".

Emery has an agreement with Barcelona's Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do.

"The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match", added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League. In that position it is very necessary for us to have players like that because the other three players - Wilshere, Lanzini and Yarmolenko - all have injuries.

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