Arsenal star shoots down Mesut Ozil claims

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has quickly shot down claims from ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack that Mesut Ozil is yet to gain the acceptance of his team-mates, insisting that the German international is very much among friends at the Emirates.

Ballack made the claims following Ozil's frustrating night against Bayern Munich last week, with the 25-year-old missing a penalty and clearly struggling to put that disappointment behind him for the rest of the match.

Ozil missed Saturday's 4-1 win over Sunderland through injury as Tomas Rosicky starred in his absence, but Wilshere is adamant that the £42.4m man remains an integral part of Arsenal's push for silverware this season and will come good when fully fit.

Wilshere told The Express: "Mesut is fine, he is a great character," Wilshere said. "He is friends with everyone around the place.

"He has got a dead leg which is not nice, but he was in the dressing room helping the boys, talking to everyone, telling me and the other boys where to go (in midfield).

"He is a great talent and is up there with the best in the world and he will be all right."

The Gunners were in fine form without their club record goalscorer, recording a valuable Premier League victory with the kind of fluid, attacking football with which Wenger's side have become synonymous.

Rosicky, Wilshere and Santi Cazorla were all on top form as Sunderland struggled to cope with Wenger's side throughout, which means Ozil has some work to do in order to regain his place in the starting XI.

The former Real Madrid playmaker suffered bruising to his thigh training prior to the Sunderland clash, but is expected to recover in time for Saturday's match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

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