Mesut Ozil returns to training at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal have confirmed that Mesut Ozil has returned to training along with five other first-team players ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham

After withdrawing at half-time with a knee problem in Arsenal’s 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Brighton, Ozil hasn’t featured in the club’s past three games.

But have confirmed that the German playmaker has made a return to full training, which could put Ozil in contention for this weekend’s Premier League match.

Manager Unai Emery also welcomed back Spanish full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal to training, who were sidelined with calf and hamstring issues respectively.

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Captain and centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who was forced to withdraw in the warmup from last Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup third-round win at Blackpool due to a back spasm, is also back.

Fellow centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Dinos Mavropanos (groin) made a return to training themselves.

Although Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains sidelined until February with a foot injury.

English duo Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) continue to remain absent while they recover from surgery.