Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed a massive blow for Arsenal as playmaker Mesut Ozil will “certainly” miss the Premier League midweek clash against newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.
The 29-year-old did not feature on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners needed a last-gasp penalty from Alexis Sanchez to seal a crucial 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
The North London club appeared to miss the German’s creativity in the midfield but they still managed to earn the three points which lifted them up into the top-four places.
Although he has received a lot of criticism for his performances during the early stages of the campaign, the Germany international has still contributed with one goal and three assists in the Premier League.
Speaking after the Burnley win, Arsenal boss Wenger confirmed that Ozil is unlikely to be fit enough to feature against Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium.
“I haven’t seven seen him,” he said as quoted in the Metro.
“The doctor came to see me and said he had to travel back home, he was in the hotel with us.
“Certainly he will be short for Wednesday”
There is no doubt that Ozil is one of the finest players in Europe when he plays to his full potential for both club and country. The German produced his best performance of the campaign when he stepped up and controlled the North London derby last weekend and it’s a shame that wasn’t able to build on that display and demonstrate that he can replicate the goods at a tough place such as Turf Moor. He will be missed in the midweek encounter but following two consecutive league wins, the Gunners will be confident that they’ll have enough to take three points against Huddersfield on Wednesday evening.