Report details why 28-year-old was omitted from Arsenal squad v Sutton
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was excused from the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sutton because of a back problem, according to a report.
The Times claim that the 28-year-old was given time off by manager Arsene Wenger after suffering with back spasms.
It is understood that the playmaker travelled to Germany to spend time with his family after being relived of his duties in the 2-0 away victory at non-league Sutton on Monday night.
The report details that Ozil is expected to be fit for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool on 4 March as he will benefit from a much-needed rest.
It is believed that the Germany international has been playing through the pain for some time and that could be a factor behind his recent poor form.
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Ozil was one of the players heavily criticised after the 5-1 demolition away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League as he failed to influence the last-16 first-leg tie.
The attacking midfielder has struggled for form of late, but still has a strong record for the Gunners in front of goal this season.
He has made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring nine goals and supplying eight assists.
However, the Arsenal fans have high expectations of the World Cup winner and believe he is too inconsistent.
Ozil is often accused of failing to turn up for the big games, but will get the opportunity to do just that at Anfield in the next game as Arsenal compete for a top four spot.
In other Arsenal team news, the club’s supporters have urged Wenger to sign Monaco’s 18-year-old star.