Wenger gives Koscielny, Kolasinac & Ozil fitness update


Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil will have a test today to see if he’s in contention for tomorrow night’s game with Chelsea.

The Germany international missed the New Year’s Eve clash with West Bromwich Albion with a small knee problem and is still being assessed by the medical staff.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday morning, Wenger explained: “Ozil has a little chance, he has a test this morning, but he’s not been out [training]at all since Crystal Palace.”

During the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns, the Gunners also lost defensive duo Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny. The boss gave updates on both players.

“Koscielny…yesterday the medical [staff] were pessimistic. He’s 30 percent available, 70 percent not available. Kolasinac is out completely for at least two weeks.

“We dedicate our time to recovery. We work a little bit today for preparing for tomorrow’s game. Basically, it’s 80 percent recovery, 20 percent training.

“We have a squad equipped to deal with that [the schedule], we’ve proved that in the Europa League, but we cannot lose any more players now because we are a bit short.”

Arsenal will also be without Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

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