As we know it’s been a grim week for Arsenal on the injury front, not least because of the knee ligament tear suffered by Mesut Ozil.
While Arsenal initially looked to play down the seriousness of the problem, there’s now an acceptance that the Gunners will be without the German for at least two months, but Arsene Wenger says the club will make their own diagnosis as to the total length of his absence.
The Germany national team doctors Tweeted that he’d miss 10-12 weeks, while Wenger told the official Arsenal website, “When he arrived with the German national team, they didn’t think it was a lot at the start. He was supposed to practice on Wednesday but, in the end, he said that wasn’t possible for him.
“Then he had a scan and it was bad news. We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations.”
Which is fair enough, but it’s unlikely to make his injury lay-off any shorter. However, there does appear to be better news about Aaron Ramsey.
Some reports said the Welshman could be out of action for up to two months, but that doesn’t seem to something the manager is planning on, saying, “For Ramsey it’s day 13 today and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training.”
He also provided an update on Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry who has been out injured since well before the end of last season with what’s believed to be a knee injury but the club have been extremely reluctant to release any details of his problem.
“Theo is not too far away now,” said the manager. “Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back. They’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated.
“They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news.”