Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has missed Germany training with an ankle problem he picked up against Everton last weekend. The playmaker was replaced by Kieran Gibbs with 17 minutes left on the clock after he was stamped by defender John Stones. The Gunners won the game 2-0, ending a run of two straight losses in the FA Cup and in Europe.
Ozil has by far been Arsenal's best player this season, picking up 18 assists, more than any other player in the league. An injury to the World Cup winner would be a massive blow to Arsene Wenger's hopes of ending their 11- year wait without the title. The Gunners are currently 11 points behind Leicester City and six behind Tottenham Hotspur, having played a game less.
"Özil and Bellarabi stay for treatment at the team hotel. World Champion Ozil had suffered in the Premier League match on Saturday at Everton a blow to his left ankle," a statement on the German FA website said. Bastian Schweinsteiger is also on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training and will be taken for scans to determine the extent of the setback.
Arsenal are already reeling under a lot of injuries to key players, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all unavailable. Danny Welbeck, who scored the opener against Everton last weekend, is yet to recover completely from a knee injury which kept him out for eight months leaving Wenger to have his fingers crossed with eight games left in the campaign.
A lot of speculation regarding Ozil's future has been in the air over the past few weeks, with reports claiming that the midfielder would prefer a move abroad than play under Arsene Wenger. However, the 27-year-old rubbished all rumours and reiterated that he has the utmost respect for the Arsenal manager and would continue giving his best for the Gunners as long as he is under contract at the club.