Mesut Ozil set for Barcelona talks


But, before the game there was much anger amongst the Arsenal support that Ozil had pulled out of the Burnley game due to illness.

'I haven't seven seen him.

Speaking for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: 'I don't think Mourinho would take him. "He travelled up with us, then travelled back".

We missed Ozil's creativity in the final third today as we struggled to create clear cut chances but thankfully we still found a way to claim all three points as Alexis Sanchez scored a late penalty after Aaron Ramsey was pushed in the area.

Mesut Ozil is set to miss Wednesday's clash against Huddersfield but is expected to be fit for Saturday's showdown against Manchester United.

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"The doctor came to see me and said he [Ozil] had to travel back home, he was in the hotel with us", Wenger told a news conference. "We brought Maitland-Niles up who arrived at 1 p.m. because we had only 17 players". Certainly he will be short [of fitness] for Wednesday [against Huddersfield].

Sources in Spain allege that Ozil "favours a move back to La Liga" and Barcelona apparently have earmarked him as their marquee January signing having accepted defeat in their attempt to lure Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou.

'We will see what it is exactly'.

Ozil has made 10 Premier League appearances so far this season. "We play so many games and he is getting stronger".

The Arsenal star, whose future remains under a huge cloud with his existing deal expiring in the summer, missed Sunday's win over Burnley through illness.