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Mesut Ozil shakes off injury ahead of Manchester City game

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Arsenal fans were handed a major boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League tie against Manchester City after Mesut Ozil returned to full training, reports the Daily Star.

The Germany international was a major doubt for the game after suffering an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City. Ozil sat out Germany's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in an attempt to regain his fitness ahead of the crunch clash against the Citizens.

Boosted

It appears as though Ozil's decision to drop out of the squad was a good one after he was pictured taking part in a full training session with his Arsenal team-mates on Wednesday morning. His appearances on the London Colney training pitch means he is in line to start for Arsenal when Manuel Pellegrini's men arrive at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunch time.

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Ramsey injury

The news comes at a good time for the Gunners, who have been left sweating over the fitness of midfield star Aaron Ramsey. The 23-year-old appeared to twist his ankle in the closing minutes of Wales's 2-1 win over Andorra.

Ramsey will have to undergo tests to uncover the true extent of the damage but the player himself has attempted to play down fears of a serious injury.

"I'll be alright - the pitch was very hard. There's no give in it so I rolled my ankle a bit," Ramsey told reporters.

"Hopefully it will be nothing and I'll be available for Saturday. These are the games you want to play in and I'm looking forward to it."

Crucial clash

Wenger will be delighted that Ozil has recovered in time to face Manchester City. The Arsenal boss is under pressure to record a victory over one of the top teams in the Premier League after famously struggling against them last season.

Manchester City thumped the Gunners 6-3 at the Etihad last season before recording a draw at the Emirates. Arsenal also lost to Liverpool (5-1) and Chelsea (6-0) last season.

The Arsenal boss will know a win will be crucially if they are to challenge for the title and Ozil will go a long way to making that happen. However, the German has had to face criticism already this season after struggling in Arsenal's opening three games.

Poor form

Ozil was lauded for his creativity early on in his Arsenal career but tailed off towards the end of the season. This term, he has found himself in an unfamiliar left-wing position and has noticeably struggled.

His infamous lack of effort on the pitch is already starting to irk the Emirates faithful but a good performance against Manchester City will go a long way to amending relations.

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