Arsenal have been handed a hugely positive fitness boost, with Germany coach Joachim Low having confirmed that star playmaker Mesut Ozil is recovering well from illness.
Midfielder Ozil arrived in the Premier League from La Liga giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day for a reported £42.5 million fee and has thus far been instrumental in North London as Arsenal have issued a swift riposte to their critics and risen to the very top of the Premier League standings.
The Gunners' outstanding progress was dented slightly on Sunday, however, with Arsene Wenger's men suffering a 1-0 defeat to old foes Manchester United at Old Trafford thanks to a first-half header from former striker Robin van Persie.
Ozil gave a rather subdued performance in that aforementioned clash, with the former Werder Bremen man believed to be suffering from a nasty virus that ruled compatriot Per Mertesacker out of the match.
However, Arsenal fans can now breath a huge sigh of relief with Low allaying fears that Ozil could face an extended spell on the sidelines.
"Mesut is doing better," Low was quoted by the Daily Star.
"I assume that he will be fully resilient in final practice."
If he is fit, Ozil will presumably play a prominent role for his nation as they face a potentially tough friendly fixture against Italy in Milan on Friday evening.