Arsene Wenger has revealed Mesut Ozil will be out of action for at least a “few weeks”.
The German was taken off at half-time during the draw at Bayern Munich last night and had a scan on the injury to reveal the extent of the problem.
It’s a blow for the Gunners because despite his lacklustre performance last night, Ozil was returning to form and he’s one of the world class players in Wenger’s squad who is capable of destroying an opposition side within a matter of a few passes.
“We have to make a scan tomorrow to see how bad it is but he is out for at least a few weeks,” said Wenger after the game last night.
So what’s the impact for Arsenal and what big fixtures is the German likely to miss?
The bad news is that the initial impact of the injury will see him miss three huge Premier League games this month; Tottenham away this weekend, Chelsea away on March 22 and Manchester City at home on March 29.
It’s crucial for Arsenal that Ozil is nearing a return to fitness after the Manchester city game because a week after the Premier League game against Everton on April 6 is the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
Considering Wigan have now beaten Manchester City in two consecutive seasons in the FA Cup, that would suggest that the Gunners need as strong a side as possible for that game, which includes the midfield maestro.
Fortunately for Arsenal they have a ready made replacement in the form of Santi Cazorla who can slot in behind Olivier Giroud and do a similar job for the side in terms of creative midfield.
We’ll know more after the club has confirmed the results of the scan but the initial impact of the injury in terms of Arsenal’s Premier League title bid is huge but he should return in time for that mid-April date at Wembley.