Arsenal suffer blow as star player picks up knee injury

Ozil was outstanding against Palace


Arsenal have confirmed their star player Mesut Ozil has picked up an injury and will miss their clash against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger will take his men to the Tyneside as the Gunners face the Magpies in the fourth league match of the new season. The German international has suffered a minor knee injury, which has forced him to be on the sidelines.

“.@MesutOzil1088 misses today’s game with a minor knee injury #NUFCvAFC,” Arsenal tweeted.

With the north London club confirmed the injury to be minor, it is believed that the former Real Madrid midfielder is not expected to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Following their clash against Newcastle, there will be an international break and Wenger will expect Ozil to return to the first team.

Meanwhile, central defender Laurent Koscielny, who was doubtful for the clash against the Tyneside club has overcome a mild back injury to start for his side. He will partner with Gabriel Paulista in the heart of the back four.

England international Theo Walcott gets the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud as the former Southampton man will lead Arsenal’s attacking division against Newcastle. The French striker is on the bench.

Arsenal’s starting lineup for Newcastle clash is given below:

Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Walcott

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