Will Diaby make Arsenal return against Chelsea u-21s? Ozil return date confirmed

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Arsene Wenger has given an update on the status of Mesut Ozil and Abou Diaby.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given positive news regarding Mesut Ozil, and attempted to clarify the situation regarding Abou Diaby.

Following the 3-1 home victory over West Ham, he curtly stated: "Ozil should be available for the weekend."

There was no definitive in that statement, but a touch of hope regarding the record signing.

Ozil has been out since early March, but the timing of his return is potentially significant with four Premier League games remaining this season, plus an FA Cup Final.

Whether the long-term injured Abou Diaby will be part of the squad in coming days is another matter. 

Wenger added to Arsenal.com: "Abou is back in full training on Thursday. It's very difficult to say (if he will play this season) because he has not played for over a year now, and it's very difficult for me (to decide).

"He looks physically fine, but he has to play one or two games before I consider bringing him back."

This means Diaby is likely to be given an run out in the remaining under-21 fixtures in the coming weeks, even if just for 45 minutes.

The next fixture is against Chelsea's under-21s next Tuesday (22nd), followed by a game against Newcastle's under-21s next Friday (25).

Wenger may decide the Chelsea game is too soon, or equally want to throw him in at the deep end. Otherwise the Newcastle fixture is more likely.

This will allow Wenger to quickly assess whether he is ready to be considered for the first team, or if he will simply get a late one or two minute substitute appearance in a match, even the cup final, as a gesture of goodwill.

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