Arsene Wenger is confident that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will play for Arsenal in Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
Ozil missed last week’s draw with Stoke due to a foot injury but Wenger confirmed the midfielder will play.
The Gunner’s sorely missed Ozil’s creativity in the 0-0 draw. Arsenal fashioned just three shots on goal over the 90 minutes.
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Ozil has recorded 16 assists this season and Olivier Giroud will certainly be pleased to have the German back.
Sanchez, meanwhile, hasn’t played since November due to a hamstring problem and will be monitored over the next two days.
“Compared to last week we have no big problems,” Wenger said, as reported by the Daily Mail. “The good news is that Ozil will certainly be available and Sanchez, this time, I think will make it.”
Wenger admitted he has been wary of rushing Sanchez back to action too quickly.
“I am cautious with him (Sanchez) because we cannot afford a setback now,” the Frenchman said. "A setback would mean a very long period out. The signs he has shown in training this week are positive.”
The 27-year-old has missed Arsenal’s last ten games since exiting the 1-1 draw against Norwich in November. If the Chilean can remain healthy, Arsenal stand a glorious chance of ending their 12-year wait for a Premier League title.
Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are among Arsenal’s other injured players but Wenger is pleased with the way his team have coped with the setbacks.
He said: “I think we have done extremely well in this period with big players out but it’s a good opportunity for us to have everyone back.
“The strikers give you goalscoring and as well I feel sometimes you know in games when you have 70 minutes gone and you have a strong bench it gives you a big chance to win games. The variety of problems you can give your opponents is very important.”
Despite Chelsea’s struggles this season, Wenger acknowledged the talent of Sunday’s opponents and expects to see them bounce back.
He continued: “They are not in this title race but Chelsea are direct rivals because of the quality of their team.
“They will be back. Nobody could predict it. It can happen to anybody, confidence can go quickly.”
Chelsea have been somewhat of a thorn in Wenger’s side over the years. Arsenal’s last league win over the Blues came nearly five years ago.
But he’s likely drooling at the thought of seeing Ozil, on current form, paired with Sanchez. The best team in the league just got their two best players back.
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