Arsenal received a huge scare yesterday when key player and German midfielder Mesut Ozil was subbed in Germany’s clash against Sweden and instead of taking his seat on the bench, he stormed down the tunnel. That action fueled rumours of a serious injury but Bild was swift to allay the fears by claiming the knee injury wasn’t serious as it was just a case of bruised knee which means he could be fit enough to line up for Arsenal against Norwich at the weekend.
But with the crucial clash against Dortmund coming up just days after the visit of the Canaries, it will be too big a risk to play the influential German in a match we could win without him. I am not in anyway under-estimating the threat of Norwich but no matter the threat they pose, it cannot be as stern as that of Dortmund. The return of Cazorla goes a long way in assuaging his absence. The Spaniard can take his place in the central attacking midfield area while Rosicky and Wilshere take to the wings. It would be a fluid attacking midfield and wings since the trio could swap roles at will.
It’s important Arsenal beat Norwich to maintain top spot in the Premier League but it is also vital we beat Dortmund to brighten our chances of making the knockout phase but most importantly is keeping fit our influential players with Ozil been a big one. Knee injury is very serious, though Ozil’s injury has been described as a mere bruise but it must be managed well because if it isn’t, it could become a serious issue.
If missing a few games (Norwich, Dortmund) would mean having Ozil for the bigger games (Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United), so be it.