Mesut Ozil's long term Arsenal injury has been labelled a 'nightmare' by former player Martin Keown.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Keown insisted that the German playmaker was just starting to prove himself at the Emirates before picking up a knee injury that could keep him out of action until 2015.
Keown has suggested that, along with the Aaron Ramsey injury, the situation isn't great for the Gunners chief as the club go in search of success this season.
However, Keown has suggested that Wenger is blessed in a sense because he has an array of talent in the attacking area of the pitch.
The ex-Arsenal man said: "No not at all! I think it’s a bit of a nightmare to be honest. He was just beginning to prove that playing centrally is his best position.
"With Aaron Ramsey out it’s not great, but Wenger is blessed because he has a lot of players who can play in that role. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla and Sanchez could all fill in.
Keown has suggested that Wenger will now have to change things slightly at the Emirates and admits it will be interesting to see how the side fare without the German playmaker.
"Now Wenger will have to adjust his squad but for those people who think Ozil has not been effective enough, now we’ll see how Arsenal get on without him.
"I think playing centrally against Aston Villa was his best game of the season so it's a shame he is out now just as he was starting to establish himself in that role."
It certainly appears, then, that Keown believes Ozil has been unfairly treated of late after being the subject of criticism from various people. However, with the ex-Real Madrid man set for a spell on the sidelines, the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Co. will have to step up in his absence.
After a disappointing start to the Premier League season, Arsenal will be desperate to put together a good run of form after the international break. The north London outfit play host to Hull City on October 18 in what will be a repeat of last season's FA Cup final.
With the club already nine points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, the injury stricken squad will have to start firing over the coming weeks and months.
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