Gunners to be without star playmaker.
Arsenal are set to be without star man Mesut Ozil for the next couple of weeks after missing the victory over Newcastle United with a shoulder injury, Sky Sports reports.
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The German international was absent from the club’s visit to St James’ Park on Sunday, but Arsene Wenger insists that he will not be out for long, though he will likely miss the game against Cardiff on New Year’s Day, as well as the FA Cup third round tie against rivals Spurs a week later.
“It is an inflamed shoulder,” said Wenger. “It should be maybe one more week, maybe less, I don’t know, but not a long time.”
Wenger was also without in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, and defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal, who have both been struck down with illness.
However, Olivier Giroud’s second half header was enough to secure all three points for the Gunners and make sure that they ended 2013 sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
Wenger also denied that the club will be making a return for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye after seeing a tentative bid for the Frenchman turned down over the summer.
“We don’t look for midfielders because today, we had no Ozil, no Ramsey, who stayed at home, and we had still three good midfielders and had still [Mikel] Arteta on the bench, so there is no real need in there,” he added.
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