Arsene Wenger reveals Mesut Ozil was not ‘100%’ for Liverpool v Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has been struggling with a minor foot injury in recent weeks, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mesut Ozil has been struggling with a foot injury in recent days and says that he took a gamble by playing the Germany international in last week’s 3-3 draw at Liverpool.
Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad as the Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old playmaker has been a central figure in Arsenal’s title bid this season, having notched up 16 assists for his team-mates so far in the top flight.
Speaking after Sunday’s draw, Wenger revealed that he had simply opted not to gamble on Ozil’s fitness after he had struggled with a minor foot injury in recent weeks.
Wenger told his post-match news conference at the Britannia Stadium: “He had an inflammation on his foot and yesterday morning we looked and he was not very well.
“He was not 100 per cent at Liverpool so I decided to leave him out. I think he should be back for next Sunday.”
Wenger is hopeful that both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be back available for selection when Arsenal host Chelsea at Emirates Stadium next Sunday.