Ozil ready and focused if selected, says Wenger

Mesut Ozil Kicker interview - full transcript

We’re not yet sure if Mesut Ozil will be selected for Wednesday night’s Champions League game in Munich, but chances are he’ll get the nod.

Arsene Wenger says he hasn’t yet selected his team, but it would be a big surprise if the 28 year old was kept on the bench for a game in his home country, and a game of this importance.

Ozil has struggled for form in recent weeks, leading to speculation he might be dropped, but the Arsenal manager says he’s ready and focused ahead of what is a key night for the Gunners.

“I have no doubt that we play in Germany and Ozil is highly focused to have a good performance tomorrow,” he said.

“Ozil has been playing for us for many years now and he knows perfectly our team and he knows how we want to play in every match. So it is an important match.”

Arsenal are likely to have two Germans in the side tomorrow, with Shkodran Mustafi likely to line up at the Allianz Arena.

“They have a very good attitude and approach, which German players often have,” he said.

“Mustafi has brought us a lot of stability – he’s strong in the challenges and has developed.”

It would be a very nice time for Ozil to find some form again, because our chances of getting a good result would be much improved if he played well.

He did score one of the goals of the tournament thus far against Ludogorets in November, and without a goal since December 10th, it would be the perfect time to get back on the scoresheet.

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