Arsene Wenger has more or less confirmed that he’ll start Mesut Ozil against Manchester City on Sunday, saying the German will be an important part of how he wants his team to play.
Question marks over the 28 year old’s presence in the side for big games away from home remain, and he was absent entirely for the 0-0 draw against Chelsea in September, which came after the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at the end of August.
On that day he was replaced by Alex Iwobi, but it seems clear that it was an injury that ruled him out that day, not a selection decision.
Wenger is counting on Ozil to make a difference with his creativity, and hopefully provide some ammunition against a City defence that has shipped four goals in the last week.
“Ozil is in very good shape physically,” he said. “People speak now only about Sanchez but, for us, Ozil’s performance on Sunday will be important as well.
“He will have to contribute a lot to the way we play. He can be an asset every time we attack because he creates chances.”
The only other selection dilemma the manager faces is that of Sead Kolasinac who missed training ahead of the game and is currently suffering from a hip injury.
Rob Holding could come into the back three, with Nacho Monreal moved to the left if the Bosnian misses out.