Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have played just FIVE matches together for Arsenal

Injuries have constantly robbed the pair of combining

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Here is the shocking truth of the amount of games that Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil have played together for Arsenal.

In a total of 63 Arsenal matches in all competitions since Ozil signed for the club for £42.5m from Real Madrid in September 2013, the players have been on the same pitch in only five of those games.

That's 419 minutes out of a possible 5,670.

Or even eight per cent.

With today's news that Ozil is expected to be out until January with damaged knee ligaments, it will be until next year at the earliest that the pair will combine again. Walcott could return for the club as soon as their next game - against Hull at the Emirates on 18 October.

The England forward has been out since January after suffering an ACL knee injury in the 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham.

It also means that it will have been over a year since two of Arsenal's best players shared the same pitch. The last time they did was the 3-1 win at West Ham on Boxing Day.

In the five games that they both have played in for Arsenal, the club have scored eight goals, and won three, drew one and lost one.


The five games they have both played for Arsenal:

14 Sept 2013: Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal (PL)

18 Sept: Marseille 1-2 Arsenal (CL)

14 Dec: Man City 6-3 Arsenal (PL)

23 Dec: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (PL)

26 Dec: West Ham 1-3 Arsenal (PL)