While some Arsenal fans just shrugged off Mesut Ozil’s illness on Sunday as a stroke of bad luck, many were less than impressed with the German’s apparent weakness when it comes to germs.

Despite being in full training the day before and traveling up to Burnley, Ozil was ruled end of the Premier League clash against the Clarets and promptly sent home by club doctors.

Although there’s no further news on what kind of illness the German has been stricken down with, Arsene Wenger has more or less confirmed that he’ll also miss the midweek match against Huddersfield as well.

“I haven’t even seen him,” Wenger said post-match. “The doctor came to see me and said he had to travel back home, he was in the hotel with us.

“He travelled up with us, then travelled back. We brought Maitland-Niles up who arrived at 1pm because we had only 17 players.

“Will he be available for Wednesday? Certainly he will be short. We will see what it is exactly.”

This is the third time Ozil has been sidelined through illness in a season and a half and, while I realise most people prefer to take Wenger’s words at face value, I can’t help but be a tad suspicious. Especially when the 29-year-old had a clean bill of health for six years prior.

Ozil has been heavily linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona by the end of the season seeing as he has just over six months left on his current deal in north London. Some Arsenal fans believe this absence from the clash at Turf Moor could be something to do with this.

Others, meanwhile, just believe that Ozil is a bit of a push-over when it comes to the common cold and some reckon the boss is just protecting him from the more physical teams ahead of bigger clashes. Arsenal face Manchester United on Saturday.

Here’s what Twitter had to say:

 

https://twitter.com/AdzCampbell91/status/934778782065545217

https://twitter.com/brfootball/status/934778108409982976

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