Wenger Hopes Ozil Returns Vs Chelsea, Not Scared To Lose Stars, Dismisses Luiz Interest

Wenger Hopes Ozil Returns Vs Chelsea, Not Scared To Lose Stars, Dismisses Luiz Interest

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that there is a chance Mesut Ozil could face Chelsea in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.

Ozil missed Arsenal’s 1-1 away draw against West Brom due to a slight knee injury.

“At the moment our injury list is quite long,” Wenger said in his press conference on Tuesday. “We lost Kolasinac, Koscielny in the game [at West Brom]. The two who have a little chance.

“Ozil might have a test this morning. Koscielny is 30-70 available.

“We have a squad that is equipped to deal with injuries – we’ve shown that in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup… but we cannot lose any more players now.”

Wenger expressed his desire to keep Alexis Sanchez and Ozil but dismissed talk of being afraid of losing them.

“I want them to stay,” he said. “Why should I be scared? This club has lost many big players and responded well. But you want to keep your best players.

“We have not lost them yet and [if we do] we will respond by bringing in players of top quality.”

The French manager went on to debunk claims that Arsenal are targeting Chelsea’s David Luiz.

“These reports are wrong.”

On the possibility of Arsenal doing business in the January transfer window, Wenger insists that there is a good chance they could bring in new faces.

“We are out there and look to do some things, yes.

“But when, that is very difficult to say because it does not depend only on us.”

And on Manchester City slipping up after they escaped with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park: “If Manchester City keep going as they have done, they have shown signs of being less dominant. One of the teams behind need to have a perfect run and they [City] need to collapse a bit.”