Mesut Ozil returns to Arsenal side as CAPTAIN for Cardiff clash

The German has returned to the starting line-up and takes the armband for the visit of the Bluebirds

Mesut Ozil is back in Arsenal’s first XI in the Premier League, and he is wearing the captain’s armband once more.Published53 min ago

Mesut Ozil will start as captain in Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Tuesday.

The playmaker has been named in the first XI for a top-flight game for the first time since the 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day.

Ozil had been struggling with a knee problem before missing out on the 1-0 loss to West Ham, although he did return to the bench for the 2-0 victory over Chelsea on January 19, and he appeared as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United last Friday.

Mesut Ozil has returned to the Arsenal starting line-up and captains the team for Tuesday night’s visit of Cardiff City to the Emirates Stadium.

The German’s last start for the Gunners was in the 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day, although he did come on as a 64th minute substitute in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round last Friday night.

Ozil’s future at the Emirates Stadium remains in question, and there have been suggestions that Inter Milan have been looking to do a deal for the playmaker.

He remains the highest earner at the club, and Emery has often appeared reluctant to use him in games he considers to be more physical.

Ozil is back in the starting lineup for the first time since Boxing Day (Image: Getty Images)

But he starts against Neil Warnock’s side in Cardiff’s first match since the disappearance of a plane carrying their January signing Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

Emery has often opted to name the No.10 as his skipper whenever he has started him this season, and some fans now wonder whether that is a wise decision.

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