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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mesut Ozil has a slight chance of being fit for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester City on Friday night.
The German playmaker sat out Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday after struggling with a swollen ankle in the build-up to the game.
Ozil was joined on the sidelines by Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, who Wenger said were both short of match fitness ahead of their penalty shoot-out win over the Blues.
However, Wenger has confirmed that World Cup winner Ozil could be set to be ready to face Leicester City in the Premier League season curtain raiser on Friday night.
Speaking at his post-match news conference at Wembley, Wenger said: “I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Alexis.
“Mesut got a kick on his ankle and it’s swollen so he couldn’t play. He couldn’t practise yesterday. We’ll see but he has a little chance of playing on Friday night.
“Aaron Ramsey has a chance of playing but I think he could be short as well with a small calf problem.”
Asked about Per Mertesacker after the German had to be substituted in the first half, Wenger added: “He had a cut on his forehead. It’s nothing bad. It was just bleeding and open, but it’s not bad.”
Alexis Sanchez missed Sunday’s game after his late return to pre-season training following his involvement in the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Chelsea on penalties on Sunday after new signing Sead Kolasinac cancelled out Victor Moses’ opener at Wembley.
The Gunners have now beaten Chelsea on their last two visits to Wembley, having also triumphed over Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final back in May.
Arsenal will be looking to significantly improve their Premier League form this season after their fifth-placed finish last term.