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Wenger declares Ozil missing for a week

Wenger declares Ozil missing for a week

- Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is still trying to recover from an illness

- The Frenchman is yet to see his recovering star midfielder for over a week

- Ozil has not featured since the 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is yet to see Mesut Ozil for a week as he tries to recover from an illness.

Speaking before the 3 - 3 draw with Bourenmouth, Wenger confirmed that the German is no closer to a return to first-team action.

Wenger declares Ozil missing for a week

Wenger and OZil

The German has not featured since the 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day. He failed to appear and was not in attendance as the Gunners salvaged a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth on Tuesday.

"I haven't seen [Ozil] for a week," Wenger told Sky Sports. "It was an easy decision [to not include him]. He is still in bed.

"He's not available and I don't think he will be available for the next game as he hasn't done anything for a week."

Ozil will not the included in the 18-man squad taking on Preston North End in the FA Cup third round this weekend.

Arsenal's next Premier League game will be on January 14 with a trip to Swansea City.

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