Arsene Wenger's hope of having all his players fit for the final game of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign suffered a massive blow as three players picked up injuries leading up to the clash against Manchester City on 8 May. The Gunners clinched a point at the Etihad Stadium to boost their hopes of a top three finish, but a fourth player was added to the injury list when Danny Welbeck limped off midway through the firs-half with a suspected knee injury.
The big blow, however, came just ahead of the game against Manchester City when the French manager revealed that Mesut Ozil had not travelled with the team, for the crucial clash due to a hip injury. The German midfielder has been one of the key players for the Gunners this season, pitching in with 18 assists and six goals.
Moreover, his hope of equaling Thierry Henry's all time record of 20 assists in a season have all but been extinguished with just one game left in the league
Wenger revealed that the injury was a minor one, which could see him return for the final game at the Emirates Stadium against Aston Villa, but the manager could opt not to risk him as he is a vital player for Germany, who are preparing for the upcoming European Championship finals to be held in France later this year.
"It's a hip problem for Ozil and he didn't travel. I don't think it's serious, a question of days but he was unable to move properly," Wenger said, as quoted by the Express.
Per Mertesacker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the other two players who picked up injuries and have been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. The former picked up a hamstring injury during the side's 1-0 win over Norwich City, while the latter, who was making a comeback after a two-month layoff, picked up an injury in training, which is likely to keep him out for at least six to eight weeks.