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New injury doubts could mean 30-year-old is in line for grand Arsenal return

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could be in line for his first appearance of the season, with the Gunners potentially facing something of an injury crisis ahead of their next game.

Unai Emery’s side travel to Watford after the international break and may be without three midfielders for the clash.

Granit Xhaka has admitted he has recently been playing through the pain barrier, after limping out during Switzerland’s win over Gibraltar.

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The 26-year-old has supposedly been nursing an Achilles injury. Despite appearing to be in pain after leaving the field, Xhaka is hopeful he won’t facing a spell on the sidelines (

Lucas Torreira suffered a knock against Costa Rica and was substituted before half-time (LaRed21), and Joe Willock currently has a calf problem (

It could all mean that Emery finally hands a start to Ozil, who has had a difficult time of late.

TBR’s view

The playmaker, along with Sead Kolasinac, was recently a victim of a carjacking attempt.

It meant the pair were left out of the squad on the opening day against Newcastle United, and illness stopped the 30-year-old from being involved against Burnley.

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He was back on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur, and could now be set to actually play against Watford.

If the three doubtful players aren’t deemed fully fit, perhaps Emery can use Matteo Guendouzi as a sole holding midfielder, and use Dani Ceballos and Ozil as his slightly more advanced midfielders. Or drop the Spaniard back and let Ozil roam as a 10.

Ozil had a great pre-season, and the disruptions to the start of his season will have been a frustration for both him and the fans.

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