Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Manchester United clash (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour doubts Mesut Ozil has a future at Arsenal after he was left out of Unai Emery’s squad for the Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Unai Emery chose not to select German playmaker Ozil in his squad at Old Trafford and said before the game: ‘Today I decided that team and that squad.’

Ozil signed a new lucrative contract at Arsenal last year but has only featured in one Premier League fixture for the Gunners this season.

In Ozil’s absence, Arsenal drew 1-1 with Manchester United after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out Scott McTominay’s opener.

Asked about Emery snubbing Ozil, Arsenal legend Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘We don’t know what happens behind the scenes, we don’t know the atmosphere at training and we don’t know his attitude at training.

‘Maybe Emery is looking at it wanting a reaction and he’s not getting a reaction, so he’s saying, ‘I’m going to go with the youngsters instead’.

‘He’s been brave by doing it because Ozil is a World Cup winner and he’s on a massive contract at Arsenal.

‘But he did probably need someone like Ozil last night to open the door for Aubameyang; he didn’t get a lot of service did he?

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‘But Ozil… I don’t know what the future holds for him. I think that could be the last straw.’

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Emery said: ‘I want more – more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing.

‘We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.

‘We have young players who can take confidence. Bukayo [Saka] is progressing well but we need other players too.

‘This is not the best in terms of points but one point can be good if we win next Sunday against Bournemouth.’

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, said: ‘How many times have we have been 1-0 up and not got the second goal?

‘This is a steep learning curve for us and we’ll keep working hard and, with more experience, we’ll make the right decisions.

‘We didn’t get out of the blocks quick enough at the start of the second half. It felt like Arsenal were the more proactive until they scored their goal.

‘I felt we could get a goal at the end and we sent men forward. I’ve been in that situation as a player when you come off and think you could’ve got more out of a game, but we’ll learn from this.’

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