Ozil: It's been difficult to watch Arsenal struggle

The Germany international midfielder has been out of action with a knee injury since October and is desperate to get back on the pitch to turn things around for the Gunners

Arsenal midfielder and club-record signing Mesut Ozil says that it has been “very difficult” to watch his side struggle without him during his injury.

The Germany international has been unavailable since October after damage to his knee but is closing in on a return to first-team action.

In his absence, the Gunners’ form has been hit-and-miss, with New Year’s Day seeing them lose to top-four rivals Southampton, and Ozil is keen to get back and influence things on the pitch.

“I worked hard,” he told Bild of his recovery. “I finally want to go back on the pitch. That I could only watch with an injury was very difficult for me.”

The former Real Madrid star is happy with how 2014 went for him, enjoying FA Cup success with Arsenal and World Cup glory with the national team, but wants to achieve even more in the new year.

“I want to help my two teams to reduce the backlog – at Arsenal and in the national team,” he continued.

“In the Premier League everything can happen. We also remain in the Champions League. And [for Germany] in the European qualifiers we have to start to win.

“In my first year with Arsenal we won the important FA Cup after nine years. In Rio we became World Cup winners. It’s nothing to sneeze at.”

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