Özil will need 2-3 weeks before he is at his best says Arsenal boss [divider]
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Özil still needs a few weeks to return to full match fitness.
“He’s fit. He lacks match fitness, he’s fit physically. It’s getting used to contact again. It will take two to three more weeks,” Wenger said following the 3-0 win against Stoke City.
The World Cup winner played his first game since damaging his knee ligaments during a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in October.
Özil came on for Olivier Giroud in the 73rd minute and completed 22 passes at a 90 percent accuracy.
The 26-year-old admitted he was pleased with the teams performance following the win.
Özil tweeted: “Really strong team performance! What a successful sunday afternoon for my return!”
Arsenal moved into fifth position following todays victory on 36 points from 21 games.