Arsenal to decide late on fitness of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka for Liverpool clash


Ozil missed Arsenal’s last game through illness (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will decide on Friday if Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka will be fit enough to start against Liverpool on Saturday.

Unai Emery brings his unbeaten Arsenal side to Anfield, but Ozil and Xhaka are fitness concerns.

Midfielder Xhaka has been struggling with a leg problem while Ozil missed Arsenal’s last game due to illness.

Asked if either Gunner would be available for selection, Emery replied: ‘We will assess them tomorrow.

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‘Today (Thursday) they trained but I need tomorrow to have the last training.

‘I’m positive with some players, but I don’t want to decide today or say to you today because tomorrow things may change.’

‘I think [Ozil] needs to be fit, and also he is training as normal with the team – which is the first way to get fit,’ Emery added.

Xhaka is nursing a leg injury (Picture: Getty)

Ozil and Xhaka returned to training this week and their inclusion against Liverpool would be a big boost to Arsenal.

Anfield was an unhappy hunting ground last season, with Liverpool thumping Arsenal 5-1, but Emery is not concerned with recent fortunes against the Reds.

‘Each season is different,’ Emery insisted. ‘We can use last year two, three, four years ago.

Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘Anfield is a big atmosphere, they are a very good team, they have an advantage over us for their progress and in their moments in last years.

‘They have one step more feeling strong. But it’s not for us, it’s for all.

‘We need to take our best performance, to go there with good feeling thinking we can achieve that individual and collective performance. We are looking to go there and show that.’

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