Arsenal set to start Ozil against Sunderland

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Arsene Wenger will throw new record signing Mesut Ozil in at the deep end after being left with no choice but to start him against Sunderland this weekend, reports the Daily Mirror.

Ozil signed for Arsenal in a deadline day £42.4m move from Real Madrid, but is yet to feature for the club owing to international duties with Germany.

The 24-year-old had his first training session with his new team mates at Arsenal's London Colney centre yesterday and is reportedly preparing to deputise against Sunderland after injuries left the squad at breaking point.

With Tomas Rosicky facing a spell on the sidelines following an injury sustained whilst playing for the Czech Republic, Ozil will have just two training sessions to prepare himself to start the game at the Stadium of Light.

Wenger is also facing a selection dilemma in the centre of midfield with Mathieu Flamini pushing Jack Wilshere all the way for a starting spot. Wilshere's match fitness was called in to question by England manager Roy Hodgson after his lacklustre performance against the Ukraine.

Wilshere himself has also claimed the Ukraine game was his hardest ever, forcing Wenger to consider dropping him in favour of Flamini.

Aaron Ramsey is set to keep his place after impressing in the opening games of Arsenal's season. The Welshman has already scored two goals and gained several Man of the Match awards for his tireless efforts in the centre of the park.

It is believed Wenger will also confirm that Theo Walcott is fit despite picking up an ankle knock against Ukraine on Tuesday.

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