Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received a major fitness boost after German national team manager Joachim Low opted to rest Mesut Ozil by leaving him out of the squad for upcoming international matches. Low has, however, included both Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Liverpool's Emre Can in his 25-man pool for the games with France on 13 November and the Netherlands four days later.
The Gunners will visit West Bromwich Albion after the international break, followed by a crucial Champions League home match with Dinamo Zagreb on 24 November.
Ozil's R&R comes at a perfect time for Wenger, as Arsenal have suffered a number of injuries in recent weeks. Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and David Ospina have all entered the treatment room, joining the long-term absentee trio of Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere.
Wenger hopes Koscielny and Arteta will be back for the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 8 November, but speaking in a press conference ahead of the derby he admitted his worries about the situation: "I am very concerned, honestly, because we are only in November and to have so many players out. Knowing we go into the Christmas period soon, I am concerned. At the moment we have too many players out."