Mesut Ozil is likely to return against Qarabag in the Europa League dead rubber Tonight.
He is likely to play some part for Arsenal, either in the first or second half after his recent lay-off with a back spasm. In his absence.
Qarabag’s only aim to restore some pride after being thumped in the competition and as a result, we may witness a solid encounter.
The gunners are likely to make wholesale changes, possibly up to seven and Aaron Ramsey may also make an appearance, if he has recovered sufficiently from his twisted ankle.
No Smith Rowe, who is ruled out due to a training ground injury and Shkodran Mustafi may be a last minute inclusion due to a hamstring problem.
What most Gooners want to know is if Laurent Koscielny will make his return, having suffered an Achilles injury that has seen him sidelined since May.
Arsenal will need to evaluate his condition and progress very carefully to ensure that the injury does not reoccur but the process needs to begin reasonably soon, because of the number of fixtures and growing list of casualties.
Emery will want to finish off Group E with a win but Arsenal will remain top regardless and his thorough preparation means that Arsenal may finish with a flourish.
It’s been yet another period where Ozil has come under scrutiny for his desire and commitment.
Some have implied a rift with his manager, Unai Emery, whilst others have questioned his motivation.
So, let’s have a subjective look at the situation with rumours abounding of a departure to Manchester United or even to Italy.
Ozil remains Arsenal’s most creative and influential player on his day and without a suitable replacement, it is unlikely Arsenal are about to cut their ties with the German, unless a substantial offer is made.
Arsenal are also looking to build, not dismantle and Emery is well aware of Ozil’s overall value to the team.
Ozil has stated that he remains happy in North London but there appears to be a campaign underway to make it seem exactly the opposite.
Eden Hazard, was recently Chelsea’s equivalent of Ozil but although he doesn’t fire on all cylinders every week and he, himself, has been the subject of transfer gossip, the press seem to be slightly more generous to the Belgium international.
No one questions his integrity or intensity and he continues to be viewed as one of the Worlds most gifted individuals.
As with Raheem Sterling’s example of how the press deals differently with two players of differing colours, it appears there are two sets of rules for two extremely talented players.
Until I see some evidence of Emery and Ozil squaring up to each other screaming and shouting until the are blue in the face, I will treat it as a another lame ass story in an otherwise slow news week.
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