Unai Emery explains Mesut Ozil absence for West Ham as conspiracies swirl

Aaron Ramsey

As Jack Wilshere made his Emirates Stadium return, Mesut Ozil was missing from the Arsenal squad - officially through illness but with some reports suggesting he was dropped after a fall-out with Emery.

"After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham", he acknowledged.

Ramsey stood out in what was a hard game against the Hammers, with Arsenal benefitting from a freak own goal in the second half to go in front. Welbeck, a late substitute for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, sealed Arsenal's win in stoppage time after Bellerin's fine run and cross gave him time and space to score from close range.

"I'm actually really lucky to be a really good athlete naturally so I still feel mobile, I still feel strong, I'm improving and I'm learning so much more about the game", said Kompany, whose current contract expires at the end of the season. "There is still a lot of work to be done, but from what I have seen today we are going in the right direction".

The Gunners have lost their opening two Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea, with many fans and pundits questioning whether Emery has the personnel to both play out from the back and adopt a high defensive line as he expects his sides to do.

Under 23's players are also fit and available for this game, only bolstering Pellegrini's options and putting more pressure on first-team regulars to perform better than in previous weeks.

Emery added: "We are happy with the first three points, that was the first objective".

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There have been a lot of different players, no titles, a lot of criticism.

Both sides have new managers, although neither has won a game yet, and today's encounter could represent the chance for some points on the board.

"We were very unlucky with the own-goal that put Arsenal on top, and the last goal was in the last minute when we are trying to get back in the game".

"In the second half we created a few opportunities and it's a new process for us", Ramsey said.

"It is clear for us we need to improve".

"We've got an upset dressing room in there because, in massive spells of the game, we were the far better team and that's exactly what the manager wanted".