Mesut Ozil has been absence for the past three months with injury.
The German international has been out of action with a knee ligament injury sustained during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Chelsea at the beginning of October.
During his absence, the North Londoners have become extremely reliant on Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla for creativity though results have improved since the festive period.
Last weekend, Arsene Wenger’s side secured a fabulous 2-0 victory over reigning champions Manchester City, keeping them just one point adrift of the Premier League’s top four spots.
Having their record £42.5 million transfer return to the team will be a welcome boost for the Gunners and Brighton away in the FA Cup provides the perfect opportunity for Ozil to work his way back into the team.
The former Real Madrid man had an inconsistent 2014, often struggling with injuries and becoming increasingly targeted by the media for a number of so-called subpar performances.
He arguably needs to hit the ground running right away, especially if his inclusion forces Wenger to slightly alter his line-up and hamper teammate Santi Cazorla’s current run of form.
The Spaniard has been in the form of his life over the past month or so, linking up swell with striker Olivier Giroud and proving himself an invaluable member of the squad in Ozil’s absence.
If Wenger can maintain the form of Sanchez and Cazorla while bringing Ozil back up to speed, the potential is there for the Gunners to have a huge successful end to the 2014/15 campaign.