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Mesut Ozil to undergo MRI scan on knee injury

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Arsenal star Arsene Wenger has been given a huge injury scare before any of his stars even play a competitive international fixture this week, after Mesut Ozil reported for Germany duty with a knee problem that requires an MRI scan.

Ozil and Andre Schurrle were both given permission to miss full training yesterday in favour of light sessions at Germany's team hotel, after their efforts in Sunday's Premier League showdown between Arsenal and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Schurrle is fit enough to do the same again today but Ozil is a different story, with Germany using their official Twitter account to reveal this morning that Arsenal's £42.4m is booked in for a scan at a hospital in Munich later today.

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Wenger forced to play a waiting game

Wenger must now anxiously wait to find out if one of his trusted starters has a long-term problem, with the extent of the damage to his knee far from clear at this moment in time.

Germany boss Joachim Low is expected to provide an update in a press conference later today, but Ozil's participation in European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Portugual over the next seven days now looks highly doubtful to say the least.

National team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt will now carry out extensive checks on the midfield maestro, but Germany believe Ozil brought the problem with him to Munich and are within their rights to question why the 25-year-old completed 90 minutes against Chelsea if the problem turns out to be serious.

Arsenal still waiting for Ozil's best

Ozil also missed Germany's friendly against Scotland last month through, but that was due to ankle problem that was put down to the lingering effects of an ever-present World Cup winning campaign.

Wenger has continued to show faith in Ozil despite a string of inconsistent performances for Arsenal so far this season to say the very least, but it now looks like the former Real Madrid talisman could be forced to take an unexpected break over the next week.

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