According to the Independent, Mesut Ozil has an outside chance of playing against Fulham in Arsenal’s first game of 2019.
Having featured against Burnley and Brighton, the German missed the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool two days ago with a knee complaint.
Asked about Ozil at Anfield, Unai Emery said: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”
It sounds like the player is still being assessed at this point, but given the opposition – Fulham concede even more goals than we do and are in 19th place – Unai Emery might fancy giving the midfielder a runout if he’s on the mend.
Tomorrow’s match will likely come too soon for Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Hector Bellerin (calf) and Emile Smith Rowe (hip) and although Dinos Mavropanos is back in full training he could probably do with some game time with the under-23s before pitching for a first-team place.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding (ACL) are all longer-term absentees.
In all likelihood, we’ll have the same guys who played at Anfield. Hopefully, this time the lads won’t play like they’ve been pumped full of pigs-in-blankets and sherry.
Update – Arsenal says both Monreal and Bellerin are being assessed ahead of tomorrow’s game. They’ve been spotted in the training pictures alongside Robert Pires, but it remains to be seen whether they are risked.