After earning back to back wins in the League for only the second time this season, there is increasing belief that things are finally beginning to click for us this season, and it’ll only get better with the return of some of long-term injury absentees, Mesut Ozil the latest to be nearing a return.
Wenger had said in his post-match after the West ham win that Ozil would soon come back from his long injury to further compound his selection headache in attack, bearing in mind just how good Cazorla, Alexis and the Ox have been, especially at Upton Park where we looked dangerous on every attack.
“We have Mesut Ozil coming back at the beginning of January, so of course there’s a lot of competition for places” Wenger said.
The German playmaker has not played any competitive football since our defeat at Chelsea in October due to a knee injury but has never stopped monitoring proceedings from his hideout, and is now scheduled to return to the team in no distant time. The World Cup had taken a lot from him when he returned to the team early in September but began to get into his stride, especially in games against Aston Villa and Galatasaray at home.
While we hope for January to be the period we fix our defensive problems, it is the month we expect our attack to finally hit full bang with Ozil’s return and with Walcott also to become more involved in the team.
Walcott was an unused substitute for the third consecutive game at West Ham but there is no rush to bring him in just yet as the demands in the past games have been more about closing our the games, than going for the jugular. Both Theo and Mesut have not had enough time on the pitch to form a good understanding, but the flashes we saw last season against Sunderland and Man City are enough to give us ample hope of good things to spring when they start playing together on a regular basis.
There may be doubts about his work rate, but Ozil remains our best creative force in the team and we expect his imminent return to bode well for the team, even as Koscielny’s has. Our defence looked better balanced with Lolo partnering Mertesacker in the middle at Upton Park. Hopefully his Achilles and calf are now in perfect shape for the second half of the season so we can enjoy the firmness of that partnership which saw Szczesny keep 17 clean sheets last season, in comparison to none as yet this campaign.
By Wenger’s words, beginning of January, could he be on the bench for Hull?
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