Arsenal v Fulham: Ozil could return along with Gunners defenders, injury blow for Whites

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Arsenal will give Mesut Ozil every chance of proving his fitness ahead of their New Year’s Day clash with Fulham.

Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint but will be assessed ahead of the visit of Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Full-backs Hector Bellerin (calf) and Nacho Monreal (hamstring) could also feature as Rob Holding (knee),

Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle) miss out.

Provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Martinez, Jenkinson, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Medley, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah.

Alfie Mawson is set to miss out when Fulham visit the Emirates Stadium.

The defender suffered what manager Claudio Ranieri fears could prove a “serious” knee injury in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa could yet return from an ankle injury, while Ranieri could consider dropping Aboubakar Kamara for a disciplinary matter.

Provisional squad: Rico, Bettinelli, Fabri, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Odoi, Chambers, Ream, Ayite, Bryan, Seri, Johansen, De La Torre, Anguissa, McDonald, Kebano, R Sessegnon, S Sessegnon, Schurrle, Vietto, Mitrovic, Fonte, Cairney, Kamara.

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