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Comeback man Ozil will be better than ever for Gunners

By Jim van Wijk

Arsenal can expect to see a stronger Mesut Ozil when the German playmaker gets back into full-on action, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

Ozil has just returned to the Gunners squad after suffering a knee injury in the defeat at Chelsea in early October and made a cameo substitute appearance for the closing stages of the Premier League win over Stoke on January 11.

Arsenal's club record signing watched from the bench as his team-mates won 2-0 at Manchester City last weekend and along with fit-again Theo Walcott is expected to be involved in tomorrow's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brighton.

Ozil put in plenty of hours in the gym during his rehabilitation, in a move which Wenger believes will help the midfielder return stronger for the rigours of Premier League football, which at times proved something of a culture shock last season following a £42.5m switch for Real Madrid.

"Ozil is fit and worked very hard and now it is down to him playing games," said Wenger.

"He has worked hard, I think he has taken to the fact that he wants to be stronger."

In Ozil's absence, Alexis Sanchez has become Arsenal's talisman, the £32m summer recruit from Barcelona settling in much quicker to the Premier League.

Wenger added: "Ozil is a fantastic player. He will come back very strong and we are in a position where we have the luxury to have him back now and where we have some players who are completely fresh and rested.

"Theo Walcott has been out for one year, so I have to use them at the right moment."

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