Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil will be fit to play in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, having returned to full fitness.
The German international sat out the Europa League second-leg clash with Ostersunds due to illness, but Ozil will be available to face Manchester City at Wembley.
The Gunners boss stated in his Friday press conference: “I saw him this morning. He had a good session yesterday that he absorbed well so we have to see how he responds to it today but I think he will be alright.
“You want all of your best players available and of course he is an important player for us.”
The news will come as a major boost for Wenger, especially as the Arsenal boss is sweating on the fitness of fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey, who has six goals to his name this season, has been struggling with a groin problem in recent weeks and also sat out Thursday’s European fixture.
Wenger though is optimistic about the 27-year-old’s chances of featuring in the first domestic final of the season, saying ‘he looks to be’ fit but that he’ll have another test on Saturday.
Having been ineligable to play against Ostersunds, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to the squad. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied and can’t play, while Alexandre Lacazette is missing with a knee injury.
Wenger, looking to win the League Cup for the first time in his Arsenal tenure, has a decent, recent record against City.
The Gunners have won four of the last eight meetings between the sides – including last season’s FA Cup semi-final – and suffered just two defeats during that run.
It was Pep Guardiola’s men who won this season’s only meeting to date, 3-1 at Etihad Stadium in November, with the two teams set to meet again next Thursday at the Emirates.