Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is concerned that overplaying in-form playmaker Mesut Ozil could result in the German picking up an injury.
The former Real Madrid attacking midfielder has been in sublime form this season, creating an exceptional 16 assists for team-mates so far and playing a key role in the Gunners leading the Premier League at the halfway stage.
However, Arsenal continue to have an injury hex around them and have key players on the sidelines currently.
One is Alexis Sanchez, who Wenger opted to play against Norwich last month despite the Chilean carrying a hamstring concern.
The ex-Barcelona flyer picked up an injury as a result at Carrow Road and has been unavailable since, in a blow to the team’s chances of winning their first title since 2004.
Wenger has confessed that he is trying to give Ozil as much protection as possible to avoid losing the World Cup winner to injury.
“At the moment, he doesn’t practice a lot. We rest him a lot between the games. I gave him one-week holiday during the international break,” The Mirror quote Wenger as saying.
“He is a guy who, once the basic fitness is there between the games, he wants to play.
“There are types of players, sometimes the most technical players, it looks like it demands less energy for them to play – it is just natural for them.”
— Europcar Sport (@EuropcarSport) December 1, 2015