Arsenal legend Paul Merson reveals that Unai Emery will not start his star midfielder Mesut Ozil anytime soon in the Premeir League, according to the Daily Express.
The Gunners followed up an impressive 4-2 North London derby win over Tottenham and a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United in midweek with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield, as they extended their unbeaten run to 21 games.
However, Mesut Ozil has notably been missing from the last four matches, failing to come off the bench against Bournemouth, which Emery later explained was due to the physicality of the game.
He has been missing all together from the last two matchday squads with a back problem and is expected to be back in the side for the game against Tottenham.
Merson however doesn’t believe the manager will be open to making any drastic changes to his starting line-up, which would mean Ozil might not get a look in from the start.
He told Sky Sports: “Will Mesut Ozil return for Arsenal this weekend?
“I don’t see Unai Emery bringing him back in now as Arsenal will try to play in the same vein as they did against Tottenham and Manchester United.
“Huddersfield were bang unlucky against Bournemouth and I also thought they were unlucky against Brighton with Steve Mounie’s sending off.
“However, I don’t see anything but an Arsenal win.
“They will have too much for David Wagner’s side at the Emirates.”
Giving an update on the playmaker’s injury. Emery said: “This morning he worked with the physiotherapist on the pitch, running and touching the ball.
“[Friday] will be the decision.”