Wenger makes admission over Mesut Ozil contract talks

Arsene Wenger

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Wenger did not confirm any of his other planned changes, although Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Granit Xhaka all missed training on Wednesday along with Ozil and Ramsey, perhaps with Sunday's crucial away Premier League game against Chelsea in mind. We won a year ago here [at the Emirates], we won in the FA Cup final, we won on penalties in the Charity Shield.

Arsenal will compete in the Europa League where they are in Group H with FC Cologne, Bate Borisov and Red Star Belgrade.

On whether Ozil will put pen to paper on a new deal, the Arsenal manager said: 'Of course [I am hopeful].

Mesut Ozil has a number of critics - the criticism made easy by his laid-back approach to what the English still view as a blood-and-thunder game - but the sheer numbers he racks up are hard to argue against.

Wolverines Ground Air Force, 29-13
He went 5-5 on field goals today, making a 49 yarder look simple in the first half. "They did a great job of not clipping". He came through with a pair of TFLs, putting on the sort of pressure that kept Air Force from getting off the ground.

Wenger is unsure if the Alexis Sanchez will start at Chelsea despite being confident that three days is sufficient for the players to recover.

Wenger revealed that two key players will be rested for the game against Cologne, while disclosing that Francis Coquelin who went off injured in Arsenal's 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend, will be sidelined for close to a month. He certainly has potential but it is way too soon to say, but not for Merson who picks him over the prolific and proven Olivier Giroud as the central striker.

This will be Arsene Wenger's 59th match against Chelsea, making them the club he has faced the most as Arsenal manager. Coquelin is out for three weeks. He is not completely at his best, but he is getting there. "I don't give the team out today, I will give it out on Thursday".

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