Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil were both absent for our goalless draw with Stoke City this past Sunday afternoon, which may have been a large part of the reason we appeared to lack creativity. Arsene Wenger has delivered some fantastic news ahead of next weekend’s clash with Chelsea however, declaring that both players should be fit for the London derby, as reported by IBT.
We’ve been without Alexis since late last year, but this was the first game we’ve been without Mesut Özil. We struggled to create much of note in the final third without arguably our two best players, which meant we had to settle for a point against Mark Hughes’ side.
Thankfully both players should be back and ready for action next weekend, when we have a really tricky game against a somewhat mercurial Chelsea.
“I hope Özil and Sanchez [will be back for Chelsea],” Wenger said after the Stoke game.
“I believe that next week we will have some players back and slowly some other players are one or two weeks away so in a few months we should have a big part of our injured players back.
“There is no team in the world that does not miss Mesut Özil and that is of course used to having him there and giving the final ball but I must say give without Mesut it wouldn’t have been a very different game.”
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Chelsea certainly haven’t been themselves this season, but they still can’t be underestimated. We’ve already lost to them once this season – thanks to some VERY dubious refereeing – and we can’t afford for it to happen twice.
You’d expect Alexis Sanchez to start on the bench for his first game back, but Özil will hopefully be ready to take his place in the No.10 spot. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was really poor there once again, and we need the World Cup winner back in the side.
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It would also be great to see new signing Mohamed Elneny get a game, although again you’d expect him to start on the bench.