Mesut Ozil may return next year

Mesut Ozil is not in a mood to get rushed back to the game at any point of time this year. He said that in an event yesterday.

Ozil has not been in the scene for one month or so. The last time he had featured was in the first week of October against the Blues.

He, then, torn his ligament while being with the German national squad.

The Arsenal supporters were hoping that the forward would be back around Christmas, but, they would be sad to hear that it’s not going to happen.

Speaking in that event yesterday, Ozil said, “I think I have to be out for 7-8 weeks more at least. So, coming back this year is out of question. It already feels like a long break, but, that’s soccer for you. You cannot escape from injuries. However, you need to keep yourself in good shape mentally and that’s what I am trying to do. I hope I am back in January.”

A couple of big names including Giroud are already not there for the Gunners and now, with the news of Ozil’s unavailability until January, Arsene Wenger would be really worried.

It’s not an ideal scenario for a manager to be without his big players especially when the morale of the team is totally down.

Arsenal’s confidence would have hit rock bottom after the defeat to Swansea. It was the second time in a row that they dropped points after taking the lead.

Chelsea which is the top positioned team in English first division right now has 12 points more than Arsenal and Wenger, a few days ago, had admitted that covering that gap might be impossible now.

The French coach would be eyeing a top 4 spot rather than the title in the remaining part of the season.

 

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Sunderland in the danger zone

Sunderland slipped into the relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal. Even though this was comparatively much better than the 8-0 thrashing that they suffered last week against Southampton, it was yet another match without any points for the club that only narrowly avoided relegation last season. Many expected Sunderland to be in the Championship this campaign, but a remarkable improvement in form towards the last few matches of the season saw them climb out at the expense of Fulham. This season, though, there has been yet another the relegation fight at the Stadium of Light.

Defender Wes Brown committed a mistake in the first half to allow Alexis Sanchez to score the opening goal. A poor back pass in the final few minutes of the match meant that goalkeeper Vito Mannone was unable to prevent Sanchez from scoring another goal and securing three points for the team from London. Poyet was once again a disappointing manager during the postmatch press conference. He highlighted the much better performance from his players, but he was unable to look away from the fact that his team are now in the relegation zone after nine matches in the season.

Poyet, though, has given his backing to the players who have committed individual mistakes in the last few weeks. “It’s not easy to comment because if you take the two mistakes away, we defended well, we competed well as a group, we tried harder. We really tried our best against a team that will always control the ball. Saying that, I wasn’t expecting the two mistakes for the two goals that we conceded. There is a little bit of disappointment in those terms because after everything that happened last weekend, you expect to not concede the goals that we conceded today,” said Poyet.

OZIL RULED OUT

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Arsenal continues bad form

Arsenal’s poor form at the start of the season continued after a 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The result leaves Arsene Wenger’s team with just one win in the last five matches. The poor start to the Champions League campaign is unlikely to worry the gunners since they saw the other group opponents – Galatasaray and Anderlecht – only manage a draw themselves. As a result, they are only one point below the final qualification spots to the knockout stages.

Dortmund, though, could have won the match even more comprehensively had it not been for some poor finishing by the Germans. Recalling this fact, midfielder Sebastian Kehl says that the Premier League outfit will consider themselves lucky to be returning home with a small defeat. Dortmund took the lead just a few minutes before the half-time break through Ciro Immobile. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage for the Germans just after the break, but there were several opportunities for Dortmund especially on the counter-attack.

Arsenal left themselves wide open on several occasions and Jurgen Klopp’s team were only prevented by the bar on some occasions. Kehl says that he is surprised at the dominance that Dortmund had over Arsenal. He is expecting a much tougher game in the return leg at the Emirates.

“Arsenal never really offered much. I was very confident after we got the first goal and I knew we’d be going for it again in the second half. We could easily have won three or four-nil. I’m not really surprised by how dominant we were. We know we can be very good when we put a lot into it and that’s what happened Tuesday night. Arsenal never really got into the game, they never really got going, and in the end we scored and deserved to win based on the way we played,” said Kehl.

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