Date: 27th March 2017 at 10:10am
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If three words were used to sum up Mesut Ozil at the moment then fit, happy and confident would hit the spot in a nutshell based on recent events and comments.

Ozil sat out Germany’s win over England but was able to overcome his back problem to feature as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan, meaning he should face Manchester City.

Having missed training on Friday he was a doubt for his country but managed to return with Germany assistant Michael Sorg confirming his fitness, which saw Ozil named on the bench before coming on in the 4-1 win.

Sorg told Sky Sports.

‘At the final training session in Baku, all 21 players were there, ready to play and Mesut Ozil could train without discomfort.’

A hamstring injury has kept Ozil out of action for Arsenal since the FA Cup win over Lincoln on 11th March but his return to fitness for his country could be a timely boost ahead of the crucial Premier League meeting with Man City on Sunday.

The 28 year old had already confirmed he was happy at Arsenal but reaffirmed his stance when telling German newspaper Die Welt – via Sky Sports – he’ll talk with the club ‘soon’ about an extension to his deal then make his decision.

‘Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently. I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.’

With the fit and happy parts out of the way here comes the confident section to round things off with Ozil.

He finished by openly admitting the Gunners have had a ‘difficult time’ of late but Ozil remains convinced we’ll turn things around.

‘My dream is to win the Champions League. Why not with Arsenal? Of course, we just have a difficult time and are not satisfied with sixth place. I am convinced, however, that we will catch up again soon. Let’s see what the future holds.’

Whatever his Arsenal future may be we’ll need Ozil – assuming Arsene Wenger does select him – to turn up against Man City as this could be the difference between Champions League football or the Europa League next season, his remaining with the club too.

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