Mesut Ozil could make his first appearance in more than three months when Arsenal host Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.
Germany international Ozil has endured a lengthy lay-off due to a torn ligament in his left knee, with his last outing coming in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 5.
However, the 26-year-old is set to be included in Arsene Wenger’s squad this weekend
and could yet make the starting line-up.
Speaking at a news conference, Wenger said: “He will certainly be available for selection on Sunday. Will I start him or not? I haven’t decided yet.”
Wenger faced strong criticism when his side suffered a 3-2 defeat at Stoke in December, having fallen three goals behind before half-time.
However, while Arsenal have often struggled at the Britannia Stadium, failing to win on their last five visits, their record in home Premier League games against Stoke is faultless.
Ozil had a hand in all three goals as Arsenal won last season’s corresponding fixture 3-1 to make it six victories out of six against Stoke at the Emirates Stadium since the latter were promoted in 2008.
However, Mark Hughes’ side have recorded a number of notable wins on the road this season, triumphing at champions Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton.