Özil debut, Flamini reflects, Caceres bid - Arsenal morning round-up

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Here's all the latest on Arsenal this morning.

The Metro reports that Mesut Özil is in line to start his first Arsenal game against Sunderland at the weekend. He had his first day at the training ground yesterday and there was reportedly a 50/50 chance of starting the game on Saturday, but injuries will force manager Arsene Wenger's hand.

The International Business Times is reporting Mathieu Flamini has explained the reasons behind Arsenal's failure to win the 2007/08 Premier League.

The French midfielder said: 'I think the main event [that ended Arsenal's title challenge] was when we went to Birmingham with the injury of Eduardo. It was a big shock and we conceded two points. Sometimes this can happen in a season when we were doing so well. After that I think we lost a bit of focus.'

Flamini rejoined Arsenal in August and impressed fans in his first appearance against Tottenham before the International break.

The newspaper also reports that South Korea boss Hong Myung-Bo has urged Arsenal striker Chu-Young Park to leave the club if he wants to keep his place in the national team.

Park joined the Gunners on deadline day 2011 but has yet to make a Premier League start for the club and has seemingly fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger. Last season he was on loan at Celta Vigo but has not managed to secure a permanent move over the summer.

According to reports in Italy Wenger made a late bid for Juventus defender Martin Caceres, the approach was made after a series of injuries left the club with a shortage in defence.

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