There was more bad news for Arsenal this morning after Mesut Ozil admitted he is still seven weeks away from making a comeback from injury.
The German international hurt his knee while playing against Chelsea in October having been diagnosed while away with his country. Although German doctors said he would be out for up to 12 weeks Arsenal were hopeful that he could return before Christmas - but now Ozil has confirmed that he won’t play until the new year.
Ozil, who was briefly Arsenal's record singing before the arrival of Alexis Sanchez this summer, heard a 'crack' in his knee while playing a pass with the outside of his boot against Chelsea, which was later confirmed as a partial ligament tear.
"I have already been out for five weeks and will be out for another seven weeks,” the Arsenal man said at a Laureus event in Germany. “That is a really long time but that is the way it is in football sometimes. My head is held high and we look forward.”
Inter open talks for Campbell
Inter Milan have opened talks with Arsenal over striker Joel Campbell say the Mirror. The Costa Rican ace has failed to break into Arsene Wenger’s team, and could now join the Italian giants on a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent.
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The striker spent last season on loan with Olympiakos where he impressed, while his form at the World Cup was enough to get him noticed. However he's not been able to fight his way into Arsenal's first team plans and now could be on his way to Italy.
Elsewhere the Gunners are said to be interested in Mattia Destro and Claudio Marchisio.
Sanchez demands improvement
And finally Alexis Sanchez has scored eight goals in his first 10 Premier League appearances - but has said in an interview back in Chile that he still has room for improvement.
Little by little I am gaining confidence in my team-mates and am gradually learning more,' the forward told www.chile.as.com.
'At first I had trouble understanding them, knowing where they ran, their movements, what gestures meant what, but every time I feel more confident.
'I am starting to memorise the moves of my team-mates and I learn to help them - clearly I need to improve and that is what I say in the dressing room, that I could stay a little less with the ball, play one touch play more often to facilitate counter-attacks, that is vital.
'I must learn that because the rapid transitions are key in this league and with this team.'