Arsene Wenger assures Mesut Ozil over Arsenal future

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Arsene Wenger has had a private heart-to-heart with Mesut Ozil to assure the player he still plays a key part to the future of Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror.

Ozil has been on the end of some heavy criticism following a spell of poor form for the Gunners. A six week hamstring injury will now keep him out of key games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The more hopeful coaches at Arsenal have pencilled him in for a return on April 12 when Arsenal take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.

his latest setback, suffered against Bayern Munich, led to reports that Ozil is struggling mentally to cope with the pressure of his £42.5m price tag and is not adapting to the rigours of the Premier League.

Wenger has taken action by personally telling the German international that he remains a crucial part to Wenger's long-term vision for Arsenal and that his door will always be open.

The Arsenal boss also told Ozil that life in the Premier League will be easier next season. Since his move from Real Madrid, the 25-year-old's family has been taking it in turns to visit him in his new London surroundings.

The hope is that Wenger's words of encouragement will help comfort Ozil, who will now join a number of other Arsenal stars in the treatment room.

Aaron Ramsey hasn't featured for the club since Boxing Day and is unlikely to be fit for the crunch derby against Tottenham on Sunday. Kim Kallstrom, Kieran Gibbs, Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner are all in contention to be fit.

Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are all long-term absentees.

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