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Ozil facing SIX weeks out as Wenger gives injury update on Ramsey, Kallstrom and Nacho

10:50 14 March 2014

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil looks dejected

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Arsenal will be without club record signing Mesut Ozil for “a minimum of three and a maximum of six weeks” with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger has announced.

The Germany international - a £42million buy from Real Madrid last summer - suffered the problem during Tuesday’s 1-1 last-16 draw at Bayern Munich which saw Arsenal exit the Champions League.

Wenger confirmed Ozil would definitely be out of Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham, but was not able to put a specific time frame on recovery.

“We lose Ozil, who has been injured for Sunday, I don’t know how long he will be out but it looks a minimum of three weeks,” Wenger said at Friday morning’s press conference.

“When the minimum is three, [then] the maximum is six. I am not specialist enough to know, it is a grade two hamstring [tear], so let’s say four weeks.”

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s return from a thigh injury has been delayed, and England international Jack Wilshere is sidelined with a broken foot.

Sweden international Kim Kallstrom could be in contention for his debut after signing on loan from Spartak Moscow with a back injury while full-back Nacho Monreal is also available again.

Wenger added: “It is of course a blow, but I am confident we have the quality to deal without him [Ozil]. We have many creative players who can take over to produce quality performances.”

Arsenal head to Tottenham looking to pull themselves back into the Premier League title race.

Following their FA Cup quarter-final win, the Gunners hold a match in hand on leaders Chelsea, but are seven points off top spot now down in third place.

Wenger is expecting a focused display from his side in what will be a heated atmosphere.

“It has been always difficult at White Hart Lane, but we are in a position where of course we want to win the game, because after [losing at] Stoke, it is very important,” Wenger said.

“We had a good result against Everton, we had a good result even at Bayern, but that we continue and have no weak moment any more until the end of the season.”

Wenger added: “It is a difficult ground to go to for everybody. We had good and bad memories there, so let’s make sure the good comes out on Sunday.”

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