One of the only negative aspects for Arsenal from our vital and impressive away win over Everton at the weekend was the sight of Mesut Ozil limping off the pitch after being clattered by the England defender John Stones. And with the Gunners already struggling to cope with a lengthy injury list and with the German playmaker being far and away our best player of the season so far, this was a big concern for the Arsenal fans and our lingering hopes of putting up a decent Premier League title challenge.
Even when Arsene Wenger brushed the injury off after the match and suggested that it was unlikely to be a problem as it came about through a kick and was not likely to cause any damage to his muscles or ligaments I was not ready to relax. The Frenchman’s record on being honest or accurate with his injury predictions is not exactly great after all.
There was also some concern about our Colombian international keeper David Ospina after he was left dazed and confused by a collision so even though the first choice stopper Petr Cech is due back for the game against Watford, Arsenal fans were left hoping that Ospina would be okay.
So it is with great relief that I see Metro reporting that both Gunners are fine and will be playing for their countries over the next week or so and will be ready for action for Arsenal next weekend. Ozil himself played down fears over his foot problem to the German media.
He said, ‘My participation in the two games is not at risk.’
Just stay away from John Stones when England play Germany on Saturday will you Mesut?