Arsene Wenger delivers update on Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal v Barcelona

Arsene Wenger reveals that he opted to leave Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal's clash with Hull City because he was sick in the week

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mesut Ozil was sick during the week and he opted to leave the playmaker out of Arsenal’s goalless draw with Hull City on Saturday as a precaution.

The Germany international was not named in the matchday squad as the north London side were held to a frustrating stalemate by the Tigers in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Ozil has been a regular fixture in the north London side’s first-team this season but Wenger opted not to risk him for the cup clash.

And speaking at his post-match news conference, Wenger explained why he opted to leave Ozil, as well as Aaron Ramsey, out against Steve Bruce’s side.

Wenger told his Arsenal news conference after Saturday’s game: “Mesut Ozil was a bit sick over the week, so I decided to leave him out completely.

“Ramsey has played many games, so that’s why I kept him out.”

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Arsenal will be hoping that Ozil will be ready for Tuesday night’s crunch clash with Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League at Emirates Stadium.

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