Unai Emery has revealed that Mesut Ozil trained alone today as he tries to recover from the back spasm that has seen him miss Arsenal’s last two games.
The German made the bench for the trip to Bournemouth last week but has not been in the matchday squads for the trip to Kiev and yesterday’s 4-2 win over Sp*rs.
Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Wednesday and it remains to be seen whether our most high-profile star will travel with the group.
“Today he was working alone, I don’t know if he’s OK for Wednesday,” Emery said on Monday.
“I said yesterday he’s had backache since last Tuesday. He couldn’t play in Kiev or yesterday. At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester.”
Whether Ozil has a back problem or not has been debated on the terraces and in the newspapers for 24 hours now.
That this latest issue comes so soon after Emery’s decision not to play him at Bournemouth and that the Arsenal medical team didn’t mention Ozil in their fitness bulletin on Friday has definitely exacerbated speculation that there’s been a falling out between player and coach.
The Spaniard’s short, sharp post-game comments about not knowing if his player was at the Emirates yesterday further added fuel to the fire.
Arsenal will definitely be without Granit Xhaka on Wednesday as his booking against Sp*rs tipped him over the yellow card threshold for this section of the season.