Mesut Ozil sent a message out to his 16 million fans on Facebook earlier today, confirming that, following his absence from Arsenal's 4-1 demolition job over Sunderland last weekend, he has returned to training and is ready for the trip to Stoke City on Saturday, March 1.
'Back in training after my injury, getting ready for the match on Saturday,' the German trequartista stated.
Ozil had been sidelined with a hip/thigh complaint.
The £42.4m signing from last summer, bought from Real Madrid amid much commendation from the media and fans, started his Gunners tenure impressively but has since faded as the season has gone on.
This has prompted pundits to question whether manager Arsene Wenger knows how to get the best out of him compared to then Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, who frequently substituted Ozil off the field regardless of how he was playing perhaps in order to preserve his long-term fitness over the duration of the season.
Arsenal are second in the Premier League at present and have had the week off while pace-setting Chelsea are in the midst of a trip to Turkey ahead of a west London derby on Saturday.
If the Blues are unable to maintain their position at the top of the table, Arsenal will need Ozil at his best in order to overcome a potentially red hot atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium the following day.
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