The Arsenal midfielder is now sidelined through injury…
Many Arsenal supporters have been unimpressed with the commitment of midfielder Mesut Ozil so far this season, and have expressed their displeasure at his series of below-par performances.
But far from taking it easy, the German World Cup winner is clearly desperate to rediscover his best form, and was so determined to continue playing in the recent 2-0 defeat against Chelsea, that he ignored a cracking noise he head from his own knee.
Reports in the Daily Star confirm that despite feeling the crack, Ozil carried on and completed the remainder of the game. Three days later the 26-year-old was ruled out for 12 weeks after being diagnosed with collateral ligament tear.
Wenger recently revealed that he was ‘shocked’ by the extent injury and admitted that his long lay off was a difficult blow to take: “He had a little problem just before he went out at half-time. He had a little pain with his knee, he felt a crack.
“I said to our physio to keep an eye on him and if there was anything wrong with him, tell me because when you’re 1-0 down, you want to keep your offensive players on the pitch.
“I am deeply shocked. He wasn’t involved in a collision with anybody. It was just after making a pass with the outside of his foot that he injured his leg.
“It’s very hard to believe that you can damage your ligament with just making a simple pass and it’s very difficult to take that he will be out for a while.”
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