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Mesut Ozil returns to training at Arsenal

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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 Arsenal.com 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.

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.