Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an update on the current injury crisis that the Gunners are facing, with plenty of first-team players on the treatment table.
Mesut Ozil is the recent addition to a long list of first-team players on the treatment table, and if reports are to be believed, the German international is set for a long period on the side lines.
Arsenal are already without Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry. The former two are out for a longer period of time compared to the other players.
The French manager revealed that the club were aware of the knee injury, but the German national team did not think it was serious at first. However, a scan revealed the extent of the injury and it was 'bad news'. The Gunners boss is sure that he will not have the services of Mesut for at least a couple of months.
"When he arrived with the German national team, they didn't think it was a lot at the start. He was supposed to practice on Wednesday but, in the end, he said that wasn't possible for him," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
But Wenger confirmed that a time-frame on Ozil's injury and treatment process will be done according to the recommendations made by the specialists employed by Arsenal.
"Then he had a scan and it was bad news. We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations," the Frenchman added.
However, there is some sort of light at the end of the tunnel as the 64-year-old manager gave positive updates on four first-team players, who have been sidelined through injury. He has expressed delight in having Walcott and Gnabry back training with the group and has revealed that Ramsey and Arteta are close to returning as well.
"Theo is not too far away now. Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it's good to see them back. They've worked very hard and they're very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that's very good news."
"For Ramsey it's day 13 today and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training. Arteta may be back with the group late next week," Wenger concluded.