Mesut Ozil set for Arsenal return in January

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is nearing a return for Arsenal and should be back at the beginning of January.

Speaking to reporters before Arsenal's Boxing Day match against Queens Park Rangers on Friday, Wenger revealed Tomas Rosicky, David Ospina and Yaya Sanogo are all available for selection.

Ospina, a summer signing, has been out of action for much of the season and should offer strong competition for places with first-choice Wojciech Szczesny.

Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin are both close to fitness and will undergo tests before Sunday's match against West Ham United at Upton Park.

The injuries had been mounting up for Arsenal, especially in midfield, and Wenger admitted that Spaniard Mikel Arteta had indeed suffered a setback and will not be available for selection until January at the earliest.

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That means Mathieu Flamini, who came in for criticism after the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, is likely to keep his starting place.

Aaron Ramsey may be fit to face Southampton on New Year's Day but will miss the matches against QPR and West Ham.

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On Ozil, Wenger said: "He'll be back at the beginning of January. He works very hard and is very focussed."

That's fantastic news for Arsenal, who have been without the mercurial German talent since the beginning of the season. As a result, Gunners fans have been robbed of the chance to watch Ozil and summer signing Alexis Sanchez in the same lineup on a consistent basis.

Arsenal face QPR at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, with the kick-off at 5:30pm.

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