Arsenal and Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil has admitted that he is missing the game a lot and cannot wait to get back out on the pitch. The World Cup winner has been sidelined for the past 10 weeks after suffering a knee injury during the away game at Chelsea. But with his scheduled date of return coming closer the midfielder told arsenal.com that he was completely focused on getting fit and that he was looking forward to helping the team play better.
After a time, you really miss playing football. You miss the ball and just want to play. When you watch the games and think that you could have been playing, and playing well, it makes you miss it. But that’s the way things are.
I’m working every day to get myself fit and I’m on the right path now. It won’t be much too much longer before I’m back on the pitch. I hope to be back training with the whole team again as soon as possible.
Arsenal have been patchy throughout the season but have enjoyed something of a resurgence over the last month or so. Barring the losses against Manchester United and Sunderland, we have won five games recently, and our last two outings against Galatasaray and Newcastle saw us score eight goals in all. Several players like Cazorla and Giroud seem to be rediscovering their form from last season and the return of Ozil could be just what we need to start a sustained push up the table. The player certainly seems to think that the Gunners can challenge the frontrunners:
When you watch the games, we’ve dominated a lot of them but have conceded unnecessary goals. That can’t happen, because in the Premier League, every team is capable of beating one another.
We have to get our points by playing the game our way… I’m convinced that we will finish the season near the top of the table.
As Liverpool showed last season, all it takes is a few good results. Once the momentum starts to build up, it can be almost impossible to stop. Hopefully, Arsenal have turned the corner and now we can concentrate on seriously challenging the Manchester teams for the top spots. Chelsea seem out of reach as of now, but you never know. The game on Sunday against Liverpool will give us a pretty good idea of where we stand. While the Reds seem unable to play well at the moment, beating them at Anfield will surely provide a massive confidence boost to our team heading into the New Year.