Mesut Özil has had his training regime drastically altered in recent weeks, with Arsenal medical staff concerned over a foot injury he’s been suffering with for a while, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The German playmaker has been key to our success so far this season, and without him there’s no telling where we’d be. To be without him for any length of time would therefore be a huge blow, so news of his foot injury is a real worry.
The Mail’s report claims medical staff believe the World Cup winner may be set to miss a portion of the season, although it’s something they are desperately hoping to avoid. Özil is therefore on a vastly altered training regime, and is being monitored closely between each and every game.
This obviously means the former Real Madrid star will be rested whenever possible, something we need to do in order to make sure he remains available. We also need to ensure he’s performing at the level he has been so far this season though, because that’s the Özil we need if we want to be lifting more silverware come the end of the season.
It would arguably be better to give him a rest now in order to make sure he stays fit for the next few months, although there’s obviously no way of telling what the future holds or whether that’s truly the right thing to do.
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With Alexis Sanchez back from injury the burden obviously isn’t on Özil’s shoulders as much as it has been over the last few months, but we still desperately need him to remain fit. Injuries have already threatened to derail our campaign, and if Özil was to spend any significant time on the sidelines this season then that could be the end of our title push.
On the one hand you might consider our clash with Bournemouth this weekend a good time to rest our record signing, and as Premier League fixtures go this should be one of the easier ones. Our form in the league over the last few games has been shocking though, and the fact that we haven’t scored for three straight games suggests we need Özil’s creativity more than ever.