The knee injury that has kept Mesut Ozil on the sidelines for the last five weeks will keep the Arsenal midfielder out of action for another seven weeks, Ozil admitted this afternoon.
Ozil, a German international, was diagnosed with a partial ligament tear in his knee after his team's 2-0 defeat against Chelsea on Oct. 5. While the team had hoped the 25-year-old would return prior to the Christmas season's busy schedule, his injury will now keep him out until early January next year.
"I have already been out for five weeks and will be out for another seven weeks," said Ozil. "That is a really long time but that is the way it is in football sometimes."
"My head is held high and we look forward."
Ozil, who left Real Madrid and signed with Arsenal for a club-record £42.5 million last year, has been out for extended periods with injuries in the past. This past spring the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for over a month.
Arsenal is already without forward Olivier Giroud and defender Mathieu Debuchy, who both have suffered long-term injuries. Defender Laurent Koscielny's absence due to tendinitis has also hindered the team.
After a loss to Swansea on Sunday, Arsenal's second Premier League loss this season, manager Arsene Wenger's side sits at sixth place in the league, with a 4-5-2 record. With 17 points, they are twelve points behind Chelsea, the undefeated league leader.
Arsenal next faces Manchester United (4-4-3, seventh in the league) on Nov. 22.