Mesut Ozil is back.
Arsenal’s record signing has spent over three months on the sidelines following a knee ligament injury against Chelsea back in October, but is in line to make an early return.
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On Friday Arsene Wenger confirmed that Ozil, 26, will return to the squad for Arsenal’s clash against Stoke City on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra) at the Emirates Stadium.
“He will have one training session on Friday with the squad, that is the second time because he was sick. So he will certainly be available on Sunday for selection. Whether or not I will start him, I haven’t decided yet… He is an exceptional football player. He always gives you continuity in your game and he is a very creative player. Ideally you want all your best players available.”
Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud will also return for the Gunners this weekend, as they look to avenge a 3-2 defeat to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in December.
Arsenal also lost their last Premier League game at Southampton 2-0, but Wenger’s men sit just three points and two places out of the top four.
Having Ozil back fit and raring to go at a pivotal stage of the season will be a massive boost for Arsenal as they aim to have a strong second half of the campaign and make a deep run in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite only scoring one PL goal in six appearances prior to his injury this season, Ozil showed glimpses of the creative genius he portrayed when he first arrived from Real Madrid in September 2013 after a $66 million transfer. The German international has returned earlier than expected, as he looks to kick-start his career in north London.