Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil is in line for a second consecutive Premier League appearance when Arsenal face Leicester in a must-win game at the King Power.
The German international played the full 90 minutes of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, just his second league start of the season, but was left out of the squad that drew 1-1 with Europa League opponents Vitoria in Portugal.
With Dani Ceballos injured and Granit Xhaka not in the right frame of mind to play after his fall from grace, it looks likely that the German will play in his favoured no. 10 role ahead of Matteo Guendouzi and one of either Lucas Torreira or Joe Willock.
“He’s training well and I think he’s now being consistent in the training, he’s also helping and he’s also positive,” said Emery of Ozil.
“I am thinking about him for tomorrow, for the possibility to play.”
Emery also confirmed that Ozil sits fourth in the pecking order when it comes to the club captaincy, which this week was taken off Granit Xhaka.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has the armband outright with Hector Bellerin and Alex Lacazette supporting him.
Explaining his decision to appoint the Gabon striker, Emery said: “The first is Aubameyang because he has experience and he has the respect in the dressing room.
“He was the top scorer last year in the Premier League and also I know he needs time to take that responsibility 100 per cent. But we are going to support him.
“Every player, we are going to support the four captains, and we are going to support him as our first captain because he has also made one extra step to achieve that responsibility.”
He added: “Yesterday Sokratis said everybody can take responsibility as a captain. We want to be a strong family here and I know for the supporters it is very important who is the first face, in front, with the captain’s responsibility.
“I decided to give it to Auba and everybody also agreed with that decision and now I am telling you he needs time to take that responsibility with confidence, but we give him that confidence, I give him that confidence. He has the quality and the values to do perfectly with that responsibility.”