Ozil A Doubt To Face Sunderland, Mertesacker Ruled Out

By on September 13, 2013

More bad injury news Arsenal fans. It seems it’s only taken a matter of days for Mesut Ozil to settle into the Arsenal way of life, with the German playmaker now a major doubt to start against Sunderland due to illness.

BBC journalist David Ornstein broke the news on Twitter a short time ago, claiming that Ozil missed training on Friday morning after picking up a bug and although he has travelled with the rest of the squad up north, he is now a doubt to make his debut on Saturday.

One man who’s certain to miss the game is defender Mertesacker who has been left behind due to his own bout of illness, but Thomas Vermaelen has travelled with the squad.

The best we can hope for is to see 20-30 minutes of Ozil in the second half. I highly doubt Wenger will start him in a tough away game if he’s not 100% fit.

Mertesackers absence will likely see Bacary Sagna move into the middle once again with Carl Jenkinson playing at right-back. Vermaelen isn’t 100% fit yet so I doubt he’ll be considered from the off.

Here’s my thoughts on what the eleven will be for the game. What do you think the team will be?


  1. Macky

    September 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Not a plesant news at all…hope the healthy ones give their all.

  2. chimuka muchanga

    September 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    get well soon per & the entire limping players for arsenal . hoping to see our new players playing against sunderland

  3. Victor Kay

    September 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Is this authentic as the news is not in arsenal.com? The team news released by Arsene Wenger did not mention this. Doubtful.

    • guest

      September 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

      David Ornstein from BBC is very reliable and the illness has occurred late, so I believe its genuine.

  4. jelili Amusa

    September 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I wish mesut Ozil get well n play. I wish d rest of squad d best.

  5. B/Tsaba

    September 13, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    …craving 2 c Ozil in actn as soon as possible

  6. widdy

    September 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    i sh’d watch flamini for the and time hopefully with ozil in the hole whether 4 a minute i only mind him play.

  7. Hassan

    September 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I kn ozil will play n i wish d injuring player quit recover

  8. Dudley sammy kimtu

    September 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    ,;-):-)Go ozil go!!!i wish 2 c u mekin those moves in an arsenal jersey,

  9. 楽天 チャンルー

    October 10, 2013 at 3:55 am

    chan luu ネックレス