Massive boost for Liverpool as Arsenal 28-year-old sent home from training - report
By Danny Wright
Arsenal may be without Mesut Ozil for Saturday’s game against Liverpool as he was sent home from training on Wednesday, according to a report.
Goal reports that the 28-year-old is facing a race to be fit for the Anfield clash after the club doctor sent him home after he developed flu-like symptoms overnight.
He was advised to rest and did not take any part in the Gunners’ training session.
Ozil missed Arsenal’s last game against Sutton and there were rumours that the midfielder had suffered back spasms, but Arsene Wenger revealed to the London Evening Standard that he expected the German World Cup winner to be ready for the Liverpool game.
The news comes as a boost to Liverpool who have struggled for results since the beginning of 2017.
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Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered an embarrassing defeat to the hands of manager-less Leicester on Monday and they will be hoping that Arsenal are forced to name a weakened side to make Saturday’s clash that bit easier.
However Ozil has been one of a number of Arsenal players who has been fiercely criticised by fans and pundits for his poor performances for the Gunners this season, especially against some of the bigger sides.
The harshest criticism came in Ozil’s last outing for the club when they were thrashed 5-1 by German champions Bayern Munich.
Liverpool can leapfrog Arsenal with a win on Saturday and they are yet to have lost to a team in the top half of the Premier League this season.
In other Liverpool news, John Aldridge explains why he fears Saturday’s game with Arsenal.