Mesut Ozil has told Sky Sports News in Germany that he is targeting a return to action in seven weeks.
The midfielder hasn’t featured for the Gunners since suffering a partial rupture of the outer band of his left knee joint in the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on 5 October.
News of the targeted return doesn’t come as a shock with the boss stating last month that the 26-year-old wouldn’t be seen until the New Year.
Ozil has already missed six-games with the problem and stands to miss at least another ten as the fixtures pile up in the build up to Christmas.
Yesterday Ozil picked up an award from Laureus for his charity work after using his World Cup winners’ bonus to pay for 23 children in Brazil to have life saving surgery.
“We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the [Germany] squad,” he explained at the ceremony. “And they underwent surgery, which was successful. I am very thankful. The doctors did a great job. I am very happy because it goes well for the children.”
Ozil’s legendary countryman, Franz Beckenbauer, said of the award: “He deserved it. A nice, modest, accomplished young man. A good footballer – and that is not to his detriment.”