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Thursday 19 October 2017

Wenger: 'Ozil did not tell me about his knee injury'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sought to clarify the situation surrounding the decision to allow Mesut Ozil to play on in the recent game at Chelsea while carrying a knee problem.

Ozil, the Gunners' club record signing, faces a spell on the sidelines after scans on international duty with Germany discovered a "partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint". He is now set to be sidelined for up to two months.

It has been suggested Wenger went against the advice of both the player and Arsenal's own medical staff by keeping Ozil on during the Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on October 5 as his side looked to get back into a match they would go on to lose 2-0.

However, the Arsenal manager insists there was nothing untoward and he had even stressed to Ozil the need to come off if he felt any problems.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's game against Hull, Wenger said: "He (Ozil) did not tell me anything during the game, I did not even know.

"What happened was that at half-time, just before we went out, the physio told me 'Ozil has a little pain with his knee, but it is not bad'.

"He wanted to go on and I told him 'if you don't feel well, tell me and I will take you off straight away'. He never did that during the whole game, and after that I left him on because we were in a position where we needed to score a goal and he can deliver the final ball.

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"Then after the game, he went to Germany. With Germany, they thought at the start it was nothing.

"We played on Sunday, on Monday he was off, and on Tuesday they gave him the day off. He was supposed to practise on Wednesday.

"On Wednesday morning, he said he could still not practise. They sent him for a scan, and in this scan they discovered that he had a knee ligament injury which is quite serious."

Ozil is not expected to return to action until the start of 2015.

Arsenal have seen several players hit by injury, with defender Laurent Koscielny out because of an inflamed Achilles the latest casualty.

However, winger Theo Walcott is set to play for the club's Under-21s tonight after nine months out with a knee injury.

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