Mesut Ozil closing in on Arsenal return

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is ahead of schedule in his bid to return from a torn hamstring and is only marginally behind Aaron Ramsey in terms of being considered ready for first-team training, according to The Mirror.

Ozil has been sidelined since March 11 with a hamstring suffered at the Allianz Arena during Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Champions League holders Bayern Munich, a tear severe enough to initially rule him out for six weeks.

The German international has undergone intensive physio on the problem though in a bid to feature before the season finishes, with the initial prognosis of those efforts positive enough for him to step up gym work.

Next weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic will almost certainly come too soon for the £42.4m man, but The Mirror believe that a return to full training in the next seven days looks likely, giving Ozil a strong chance of featuring in Arsenal's final five Premier League games.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has more good news in terms of Aaron Ramsey's recovery from a persistent thigh problem, with the Welsh wizard due to rejoin the first-team squad for light training today.

Ramsey has broken down on more than one occasion in his bid to play for the first time since Boxing Day, so expect Wenger to be extra cautious before throwing his top-scoring Premier League midfielder back into action.

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