Arsenal latest: Including Arteta return and Ozil not here for 'easy life'

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Arsene Wenger has been speaking today ahead of the game with Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend.

First, Mesut Ozil, and responses from claims by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that the German international left Spain because he could not handle the pressure of playing for the club.

When asked if Wenger had seen anything that suggested that Ozil had moved to North London seeking ‘the easy life’ the manager responded:

"No, I have not seen that at all. He is 24, he has over 50 caps for Germany and when you play for Germany, you are under a lot of pressure. He won the championship with Real Madrid, and that is a club where there is a lot of pressure, but I could not detect that. Ozil has integrated well, and been well accepted.’’

He went on to speak about his physical condition, stating that Ozil is not yet at the peak of his physical condition after suffering with illness recently.

Mikel Arteta could be in line to feature against Stoke City on Sunday. The Spaniard has been out with a torn quadricep since last month but Wenger stated that the holding midfielder could make a return:

"The only player who could come back is Arteta. He is back in full training today; a decision will be made tomorrow morning. He is a leader - we are happy to have him back."

None of Arsenal’s other players are expected to return from injury.

Theo Walcott feels that Arsenal can fight for the tile this season. Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005 but the English international feels that is due to change:

"I think we'll push on and we can definitely challenge this year, for sure. There is so much belief in this team at the moment and I think it's showing. We just need to make sure we get that home form going now, the away form is absolutely fantastic.’’

 

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