English Premiership

Ozil is replaceable - Wilshere

2014-10-14 11:38
Mesut Ozil (Supplied)
Mesut Ozil (Supplied)
Cape Town - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident that the Gunners have sufficient depth to cover for the loss of Mesut Ozil to injury.

The Germany international has been ruled out of action for 10 weeks due to a knee injury, adding to the Gunners' already lengthy injury list.

However, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin back in the mix after his own injury lay-off and Theo Walcott having returned to training, Wilshere believes that the north London outfit will be able to adjust sufficiently to Ozil's absence.

"Ozil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won't change much in the centre," he said.

"Chambo will get a chance. Theo is coming back as well. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance.

"We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that number 10, we have seen what he can do at number 10. We have players who can come in.

"It's tough to take but it is part and parcel of football. I have had my fair few injuries. It is not a curse, it happens and you just have to deal with it.

"It will be hard for him [Ozil] because he likes football, he has never really had an injury before. He had a slight one last season.

"I am not even sure how long it is, I've not been back to the club. It will be difficult for him. But he is naturally quite a fit lad so he will be alright."


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