Michael Owen raises question about Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Michael Owen admits it was "strange" not to see Mesut Ozil in the Arsenal squad against Brighton on Sunday

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Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen has described Mesut Ozil’s injury lay-off for Arsenal as “strange” after the playmaker sat out the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

The German playmaker has been struggling with a knee problem in recent weeks and was left out of the squad altogether for the north London side’s win against Chris Hughton’s men.

Ozil had come on as a substitute during the 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Emirates last month but it seems that he has suffered another setback in his recovery.

And former Liverpool striker Owen had plenty to say about Ozil’s situation after he was left out of the squad for Sunday’s victory.

Owen told BT Sport: “It’s a strange one because he came on against West Brom and now he’s not fit again.

“This type of game would have been perfect for him because it’s breaking down a compact defence. When you’ve got loads of possession he tends to come into his own.

“I’ve always been critical over the years because I don’t think he plays well enough in the big games.

“But against the lesser teams, I think he comes into his own and shows he has world-class touches.”

Arsenal will be hoping to have Ozil back available for selection when the Gunners return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Watford on Saturday 14 October.

The north London side are currently fifth in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Manchester City as they look to put together a title challenge this term.

The Gunners ended up fifth in the table last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification and had to settle for a Europa League spot this term.

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