Arsene Wenger is hoping to have Mesut Ozil back in his matchday squad when Arsenal host Huddersfield Town at the Emirates on Wednesday.
Arsenal will be hoping to continue their positive run of form and consolidate their place in the Top 4 on Wednesday, when they welcome Huddersfield Town to the Emirates. Heading into the encounter, Arsene Wenger has been buoyed by the fact that he has just one player remaining on the sidelines.
The big news is that Mesut Ozil has partially recovered from the illness that forced him to miss the trip to Burnley on the weekend. The German playmaker has taken part in training for the last two days, and Wenger confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the player is in contention to be involved in some capacity on Wednesday.
“For Sunday’s game, we had no Ozil. It’s planned for him to train again today and we’ll make an assessment of him after the training session. No. It’s [Ozil’s illness] not a virus, no.”
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The Arsenal boss also said that Alex Iwobi is doubtful for the visit of Huddersfield, with the player battling to recover from a dead leg. Other than the Nigerian attacker though, Wenger does not have any pressing fitness problems, with Theo Walcott available, and Santi Cazorla a long-term absentee.
“Alex Iwobi got a dead leg, a kick on his leg. We’re not sure that he will be available for tomorrow. Everybody else should be available again.”
Wenger also insisted that the weekend’s game against Manchester United will have no bearing on his team selection on the night, with the priority being three points against Huddersfield.
“[I will have] zero eyes [on the Manchester United game]. The most important game is tomorrow night, no matter what happens after. We have a good chance to take three points at home tomorrow and that is the only thing that matters. I have a big enough squad to deal with the rest after this game.”
As far as Huddersfield are concerned, David Wagner will not be able to call upon Rajiv van La Parra, who is beginning a three-match ban. Philip Billing (ankle), Philip Billing (ankle), Michael Hefele (knee) and Jon Gorenc Stanković (Achilles) are long-term absentees, but Steven Mounie could be available.