By Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has dampened fears that Mesut Ozil might not be able to start Arsenal’s clash against Swansea on Saturday.
The Gunners’ playmaker was taken off at half-time during Germany’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday night and replaced by Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan.
But Wenger assured Arsenal followers on Thursday morning that Ozil is available for Saturday’s Premier League return, when the London giants host Swansea at Emirates Stadium.
“He told us he’s completely fit,” Wenger said, as quoted by the official Arsenal website. “We’ll see that today, if we have no bad news today. I see him later. I expect him to be available, especially because he’s only played one half, so he doesn’t need to be rested on Saturday.”
Ozil assured his Twitter followers in the immediate aftermath of the match on Tuesday night that he is not suffering any major injury issue.
“Thanks for taking care because of my substitution but everything is all right guys,” he posted on his personal Twitter account accompanied by both a wink and a thumbs-up.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 11, 2016
Ozil appeared unconcerned about being taken off at half-time by Low, describing the “great and peaceful atmosphere here in Hannover today” after the match.
Ozil has failed to provide an assist for his side this term but has been in fine form for his club and scored two goals as Arsenal sit third in the league table with 16 points from seven games.
In other Arsenal team news, Marouane Chamakh has completed a move to Cardiff and supporters on Twitter have reacted hilariously to his move.