The World Cup-winning Germany international suffered a “crack” in his knee during the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge that has ruled him out for at least another four weeks, and possibly until the New Year depending on how long his rehabilitation takes.
But Özil took to his Twitter account to keep fans up-to-date with his condition, and posted a picture of his knee strapped up in a large brace as he performed exercises in a bid to return to action.
Along with the picture, Özil said: “No, this is neither a red carpet nor a magic carpet. It is just the place where I'm working for my comeback.”
no, this is neither a red carpet nor a magic carpet. it is just the place where I'm working for my comeback. pic.twitter.com/rxeg6atQJT; Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 30, 2014
The post comes days after another update which showed the Arsenal midfielder lifting weights and strengthening his legs, albeit with delicacy given the injury.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
Özil has been criticised for his form this season having cost the Gunners £42.5m last summer, and he has been somewhat shown up by this year’s summer-signing Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has already notched eight goals since arriving at the Emirates, compared with Özil’s seven that he has scored in 13 months he’s spent with the Gunners.
I'm relieved about yesterday's victory but nevertheless these weights feel heavy on my shoulders ... pic.twitter.com/gj6TcVacda; Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 23, 2014
He posted a third picture on his Instagram account that showed the recovery phase of his session, with his leg strapped above and below the knee to help improve blood circulation – a technique that also helps to reduce swelling in the injured area.
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Since Özil’s injury, the Gunners have picked up four points from six in the Premier League as well as a last-gasp victory in Europe. With the Gunners trailing 1-0 to Anderlecht and just minutes two minutes of normal time remaining, two goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski saved their blushes and put them in a commanding position to progress to the Champions League first knockout round.
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