By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mesut Ozil defied a chest infection to produce his latest Arsenal masterclass.
The German playmaker was voted man of the match in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night after setting up both of his team’s goals, for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
Ozil extended his lead at the Premier League assists summit as he now closes in on Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a season.
The German has 15 assists for the current campaign, eight more than his closest rivals, Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
Speaking after the Arsenal win on Monday night at his post-match media conference, Wenger revealed that Ozil rose from his sick bed to put City to the sword.
“Ozil had a chest infection this weekend and he was in bed, basically,” Wenger said. “He had only one training session.
“For a guy who could not prepare well, he has done extremely well physically. I’m a bit cautious because we lost three or four players recently.”
Wenger is in no doubt about the importance of Ozil to his team, who have consolidated their position at second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Leicester.
“At the end of the day you need one guy who gives the ball to one who scores the goal, in our team most times Ozil is this player, the guy who sees it, makes you win and he’s that,” Wenger said.
However, Arsenal will be without Sanchez until at least January 10 after he suffered a setback in his recover from the hamstring injury that has ruled him out since early December.