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No Ozil on the team sheet for Arsenal vs. Sunderland

Feb 22, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT

Arsenal's Ozil reacts during their Champions League soccer match against Napoli at the Emirates stadium in London

Mesut Ozil will miss a Premier League match for the first time since New Year’s Day, as Arsene Wenger has opted to rest the struggling midfielder for today’s match-up with Sunderland.

Ozil is pointless in his last three PL matches and has just one assist since Dec. 14. This on the heels of a red-hot start to the season that saw him score four goals and add eight assists over his first 13 appearances in the Premier League.

The Gunners are saying it’s a “big bruise” his thigh and it comes after Ozil missed a critical penalty kick mid-week in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match.

Wenger also said Ozil may still be reeling from the miss.

Here’s Arsenal’s line-up for today’s match at the Emirates:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud.

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Sanogo, Bendtner

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