is set to miss ’s London derby against through illness, .
Unai Emery launched a staunch defence of Ozil earlier this week after the Germany World Cup winner was substituted just 68 minutes into last weekend’s defeat against Chelsea.
The Gunners have lost their first two matches of the season, their worst start to a league campaign since 1992, and are under pressure to kick-start their campaign against the Hammers.
Unai Emery defends Mesut Ozil
We are here to help him,’ the Spaniard said. ‘We are his family and it is his home. We are used to being criticised but we are professional.
In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism.
When we do well, they are going to speak about us well. We need to live with this. Here, we need and we want to help him.’
Arsenal trained at the Emirates Stadium on Friday, but Ozil was not pictured among the group of players who reported for duty. The 29-year-old missed several matches last season due to illness and was also nursing a knee injury which required careful management ahead of the World Cup
Ozil’s potential absence could mean a reprieve for Aaron Ramsey, who was dropped last week amid continuing speculation over his future.
The Wales international has less than a year remaining on his current contract and was said to be angered by Emery’s decision to omit him from the starting line-up against one of his reported suitors.