Germany international, Mesut Ozil was found missing amongst the Arsenal squad that traveled to Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
Goal reports that the world cup winner is suffering from flu and has been completely ruled out of any football action this weekend.
Ozil was sent home from training by the club doctor on Wednesday due to illness but Arsene Wenger suggested in his pre-match press conference that the 28-year-old “should be ok” for the huge league match.
However, the Gunners ‘No.10’ has been advised to recover from his flu at home and should be ready for next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg game against Bayern Munich, where Arsenal are currently 5-1 down from the first leg.
Former Real Madrid man Ozil, who has scored nine goals and assisted eight in 29 appearances this season, has covered more ground (10.49km per 90 minutes on average) than the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez in 2017 despite playing fewer minutes than the duo.
Victory at Anfield would close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to ten points and take Arsenal to second place until the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City play their respective games on Sunday.
Arsenal lost the first fixtures on match day 1 3-4 at the Emirates Stadium and would do everything possible to avoid defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men this time around.