Updates from Sunday, April 20
Arsenal confirms Mesut Ozil is fit to play today:
Updates from Saturday, April 19
Ozil tweeted a new update on his status Saturday morning:
I am back😉. #gunners#afc#behappy http://t.co/8I8cesRuFj— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Mesut Ozil is likely to be back in the squad for Arsenal's Sunday visit to Hull City in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger revealed via the Gunners' official Twitter:
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
The Arsenal FC Twitter account confirms when Mesut Ozil will be back in action:
Wenger: "Ozil should be available for the weekend" #AFCvWHU— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 15, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Mesut Ozil is on course to return to the Arsenal side during their April 20 clash with Hull City.
Arsene Wenger revealed, via the Gunners' official Twitter:
Updates from Thursday, April 3
ESPN's Staff provides a statement from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger discussing Mesut Ozil's injury status:
Ozil is still absent with the hamstring injury he sustained against Bayern Munich last month and Wenger has ruled him out of the FA Cup semi-final with Wigan on April 19, although he could be available for the league meeting with Newcastle nine days later.
"The FA Cup will be too soon for him, but he will hopefully be back soon after that," he said.
It was previously reported Ozil is eyeing a return to action for Arsenal's final league games of the season, according to the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel:
Sportsmail understands the club’s £42.5million man has been allowed to complete part of his rehabilitation with trusted physios back in Germany.
He has been completing work in the gym whilst the grade two hamstring tear heals.
Arsenal medical staff are pleased with the progress Ozil is making in his fight for fitness and hope he can start training outside imminently.
The FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on April 12 will come too soon for the Germany playmaker, but Ozil could be fit enough to return for the visit to Hull on April 19, or the home clash against Newcastle on April 28.
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
Arsene Wenger updated Mesut Ozil's status following Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Swansea (via Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph):
Wenger confirms that Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil and Koscielny all at least two weeks away from coming back— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) March 25, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 21
Mesut Ozil has hyped up his return to the Arsenal team by posting a message on his official Facebook account.
The German is desperate to help the Gunners end their trophy drought, and he wrote:
Updates from Friday, March 14
Mesut Ozil may only be out for three weeks, not four, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's official Twitter noted on Friday:
Updates from Thursday, March 13
Mesut Ozil was injured as early as the second minute of Arsenal's Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Bayern Munich, according to the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson:
Amazingly, Özil first suffered his hamstring injury in the second minute of Tuesday’s Champions League second leg against Bayern.
Özil had never previously endured a similar muscular injury and actually believed that it was getting better.
Like most of the Arsenal team, Özil was peripheral as Bayern dominated possession during the first half but he is adamant that he would have never given up and was actually playing through considerable discomfort.
Özil was assessed by Arsenal medics, as well Bayern and Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich. He then travelled back to London with the rest of the Arsenal team.
Arsene Wenger delivered an update on Ozil's condition on Thursday, but only confirmed he is "out" for this weekend's Tottenham clash, per the Gunners' official website:
He is out. I don’t know for how long but it is a hamstring injury. There are scans going on.
David Ornstein of BBC Sport reports Ozil will be out at least four weeks:
Arsenal set to be without Mesut Ozil for at least 4 weeks (likely to include FA Cup semi) after scans show significant hamstring strain #afc— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) March 13, 2014
Mesut Ozil made a less-than-triumphant return to Germany.
Less than a week after he was booed by his own countrymen in a national team match, Ozil was forced to exit Arsenal's Champions League match with Bayern Munich at halftime after picking up a hamstring injury, per ITV Football:
Following the match, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Ozil will miss a few weeks, via Oliver Kay of The Times:
Wenger: Mesut Ozil "has a hamstring problem. It looks quite serious. For sure he's out for at least a few weeks" Scan tomorrow.— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) March 11, 2014
Prior to leaving the pitch, the 25-year-old was rather ineffective. According to WhoScored.com, he completed 58 percent of his passes and made 21 total touches. Those are both low numbers given Ozil's talent and role in the team.
Goal's Seth Vertelney thought that the German had reached his nadir with the Gunners:
This would be your new low for Ozil at Arsenal— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom) March 11, 2014
ESPN's Max Bretos called Ozil "half the player he was in 2013" with Real Madrid:
Figured Mesut Ozil would have played inspired against top club from his homeland. His day is done. Half the player he was in 2013— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) March 11, 2014
It certainly can't get much worse for Ozil from here, but he'll have to regroup quickly in order to get Arsenal's title challenge back on track. The Gunners are tied for second in the Premier League, and without Ozil on top form, their chances of overtaking Chelsea only decrease.
Ozil also has his national team future to worry about, as Germany have no shortage of talented midfielders. The longer he's ineffective, the more his place in Brazil is threatened, so he better hope this hamstring issue is nothing significant.