Sunday 25 February 2018

Ozil allays injury concerns as Arsenal prepare to welcome back internationals

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping his jet-setting players return from international duty unscathed, with Mesut Ozil having already allayed fears of picking up an injury with Germany.

The Gunners went into the international break in good form, with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Burnley extending their unbeaten run to nine in all competitions, with five successive victories.

Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has been recovering from a knee injury and could be back in contention for Saturday's home Premier League match with Swansea which is swiftly followed by a Champions League fixture against Ludogorets.

While Wales international Aaron Ramsey is now back in full training following a hamstring problem which has sidelined him since the defeat by Liverpool in the first match of the new campaign, the 25-year-old is not expected to be rushed into a return until fully ready.

Wenger will also be looking to receive more positive news when the squad reassemble at the club's Hertfordshire training base.

Ozil was substituted at half-time during Germany's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday night.

The midfielder, though, posted a reassuring message on his personal Twitter account to play down any worries he was carrying an injury.

"Thanks for taking care because of my substitution but everything is all right guys," Ozil wrote.

While Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were all away with England, Alex Iwobi scored his first international goal for Nigeria in the 2-1 World Cup qualifier win in Zambia.

The 20-year-old has taken his chance this season after being drafted into the first-team group by Wenger .

Ozil has been impressed by the impact of Iwobi, nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha.

"He knows exactly what he can do. He isn't scared and doesn't hide on the pitch. He just wants to have fun playing football and that really shows on the pitch, and also in training," Ozil said on Arsenal Player.

"He's developing really well and if he continues the way he's been playing the whole season, he will really enhance his game.

"The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best. He is really young and is on a really good path."

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