Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil for Saturday’s trip to Anfield after the German complained of a knee injury.
It’s a blow for the Gunners as they look to get something from a game which is even more important after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.
The news of his absence from the squad was leaked this evening via Twitter, and then confirmed by the BBC’s David Ornstein.
This was recorded at 6pm but we now know Mesut Ozil is out of Arsenal’s game at Liverpool tomorrow. He trained with the squad today but complained of pain in his knee and was withdrawn from the travelling party #AFC #LFC https://t.co/io95HjjIyl
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) December 28, 2018
It’s a situation that just adds to the ongoing situation with Ozil whose season has been patchy, and his relationship with Unai Emery is well and truly under the spotlight.
Questions will be raised about his future once more, and rumours of a January move will intensify over the coming weeks.
Whatever your view of Ozil or Emery, there’s no escaping this is an unhealthy situation for Arsenal as a club, and something needs to be sorted sooner rather than later as it dominates the news cycle far more than it should.
Let’s hope we have enough tomorrow in the squad to get something from the game.