08 October 2014

Özil out for 10-12 weeks as MRI results confirm the worst

If only the interlull could lull us to sleep instead of luring us into a false sense of security. Usually, however, we can wait until after one of these matches is played before finding out that one or another Gunner has succumbed to injury; news today—before anyone actually suits up to play—is that Mesut Özil is in Germany for an MRI to see if and to what extent he's injured his knee. Reports that have come out in the last hour or so from the German Football Association say that we will be without his services for up to three months. This is getting absurd.

It now seems that Özil will be out until January, meaning he will miss the remainder of our group-stage matches and might even miss FA Cup action. It's devastasting news, especially as we ponder the imminent return of Theo Walcott and the salivating prospect of a front line of Alexis, Welbeck, and Walcott, easily among the fastest front three in the Prem, feasting on a steady diet of through-balls from Özil.

Those seeking a silver lining will perhaps find it in the notion that it settles, at least for the foreseeable future, the debate over Özil on the wing. Cold comfort indeed.

From the Independent:
Mesut Ozil has added to Arsenal's worryingly long injury-list after it was announced by the German Football Association (DFB) that he would likely be out for 10 to 12 weeks. The midfielder joined up with the national team prior to their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday but has been unable to train.
Absolutely gutted. A season that already feels like it's at risk of falling of the rail seems all the fraught with risk and peril. At this rate, we risk becoming a parody of ourselves... and Diaby is in the lineup. The universe is indeed cruel.