But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out.
"But also respect to West Ham, they have good players, with their supporters here they feel strong and maybe for the match, some players like attacking players can help but we had enough with these players". If we can win today we are playing against Chelsea with a three-point maximum distance.
"He's working this week normally". I think it is not one player (which means) we can't win or lose.
"I just said we have won and lost with him and today the players here were the players who deserved to be in this match and with them we can win, but we lost".
Rice faces a decision on his worldwide future with both England and Ireland hoping to get him in their squads, with Mick McCarthy recently revealing he's held discussions with England manager Gareth Southgate about Rice's future.
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Ozil hasn't played since December 26th and is the target of transfer speculation.
The 30-year-old had missed the Gunners' last three matches due to a knee injury, but confirmed himself that he had had a full week of training and seemingly expected to be welcomed back into the squad. "[N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".
As for Ozil's future, it remains to be seen how he will react to being left out again by the Spaniard, with fans undoubtedly uneasy at the situation given it appears nearly certain that Aaron Ramsey is on the way out.
The 29-year old joined West Ham in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to make 53 appearances for the Hammers.
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