£22.5m-rated Arsenal star to miss weekends’s clash against Burnley

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that the German midfielder Mesut Ozil could be absent once more for the Gunners’ first home game of the campaign against Burnley the previous week after struggling with an illness.

Mesut, along with Sead Kolasinac, was left out of the club’s 18-man squad for their campaign opener against Newcastle United the previous Sunday amid concerns over their personal safety.

The duo were involved in a carjacking attempt by two men armed with knives last month and Arsenal decided against selecting the pair after ‘further security incidents’ arose.

It later appeared that both Kolasinac and Ozil currently have security guards positioned outside of their houses in the British capital 24 hours a day as the police continue to investigate the situation.

Speaking ahead of the match against Burnley, Unai insisted that both players are prepared to be involved but revealed that Mesut missed training on Wednesday through illness.

Unai said: ‘They came back training with us on Tuesday, they came to start training with us, we had it off. Mesut Ozil is a little sick, he didn’t train yesterday.’

‘Each training gives us good information, different options with them. Am I pleased to have them back? Of course.’

Mesut’s condition is believed to have improved on Thursday although Unai insisted that a decision over whether either star will feature versus Burnley will be made on Friday.

The Gunners made a winning start to the season without Ozil and Kolasinac with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

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