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Wenger: We can cope without Ozil

ESPN staff
March 14, 2014
Mesut Ozil pulled his hamstring during Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can manage without Mesut Ozil after it was confirmed the playmaker will be out for between three and six weeks.

Ozil was substituted at half-time in the second leg against Bayern Munich with a hamstring injury as his side went out of the Champions League and Wenger revealed on Friday how much time Arsenal's medics feel he needs to recover.

"When the minimum is three, the maximum is six so let's say four weeks," he said. "Ozil had a very good game against Everton but he was handicapped early on in the Bayern game.

'I'll be back even stronger'

  • Mesut Ozil took to Facebook to confirm his injury and insist he will come back a better player. He wrote: "Dear friends, now it's clear: during the #ucl match against #FCBayern I suffered a muscle injury in the second minute. I tried to give my best and played until the end of the first half. Rest assured that I'll be back even stronger!"

"It's a blow to lose him but we have the quality to deal without him. We have many good players in our squad."

Ozil will miss Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea six days later.

He is also out of the matches against Swansea and Manchester City and remains a doubt for the Premier League clash with Everton and the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

Santi Cazorla is likely to feel the pressure to be Arsenal's creative force in Ozil's absence, especially as Aaron Ramsey has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and Jack Wilshere is sidelined with a foot injury.

Wenger, referring to Ramsey, who hasn't played since the Boxing Day win over West Ham, said: "He still has recurrent pains in his thigh, we have to be very cautious with him.

But there was better news for Wenger, who says deadline day loan signing Kim Kallstrom is "back in the squad and available for Sunday."

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