Whether or not the Arsenal and Germany midfield star is fit enough to start for the Gunners at Watford this weekend will surely be a factor, but if Mesut Ozil is available then I reckon Arsene Wenger will have him in the starting line-up tomorrow.
There have been reports over the last few weeks which have suggested that it might be the German playmakers mental state rather than his physical one that was keeping him out of the Arsenal team, with former Gunners defender Martin Keown saying that the boss could not trust him to perform as he had already left the club mentally.
Now, though, we are hearing that contract talks are going pretty well and the sounds coming out of north London are that Ozil might not be set to leave after all. If that is true then I think Wenger will play him, because despite all the critics Ozil’s stats in the EPL prove his worth.
Since he signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid Ozil has provided more assists and created more chances than any other player in the Premier League, ahead of Tottenham’s Eriksson and Man City’s David Silva. So as long as Ozil is in the right frame of mind, is starting him a no-brainer for the Arsenal boss?