As we prepare to try and score just the 4 goals against Bayern Munich tomorrow night, Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil will NOT play in the game, as he’s not ready due to illness. He said Ozil has only had one training session since he picked up ‘the flu’, but should be back to face Lincoln in the FA Cup this Saturday evening.

Reminds me of this exchange from a few years ago:

Fabregas: “Hi boss, its me Cesc, I won’t be in for training today, I’m sick…”
AW: “I’m sure I saw you at a Grand Prix this weekend, how sick are you?”
Fabregas: “I’m signing for Barcelona next week and then Chelsea soon.”
AW: “Oh.”

Any road up, Wenger wouldn’t be drawn as to whether Sanchez will play, saying he’s not picked his team yet, but he did deny any training ground bust ups involving the player before this week’s defeat by Liverpool. If we’re honest, we’re out of the tie, so Ozil and Sanchez may have been rested anyway, but this is just another mess in a long series of messes.

Team news is that Aaron Ramsey returns, while Elneny and Cazorla remain out – given that he chose the BFG to do the presser with him, could he be lining him up at the back, with Holding perhaps, meaning we may be playing a second string XI to avoid risking players for the remainder of the season for what is pretty much a meaningless game.

Anyway, Wenger remained calm during the presser, was his usual jovial self, so fingers crossed, tomorrow night isn’t the humiliation we’re expecting, who knows, if the past few seasons are anything to go by, we’ll 4-0 up and going through, concede a silly late goal and get knocked out on away goals like usual.

Anyway, let’s get tomorrow night out of the way so we can concentrate on the next job, booking ourselves a semi-final berth with a win over Lincoln this weekend, giving us a nice full week to prepare for a tricky visit to The Hawthorns.