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Mesut Ozil to resume training and expected to be in contention for Arsenal return against Cardiff

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Mesut Ozil missed Arsenals win over West Ham through illness (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil was expected to resume training on Tuesday and is likely to be in contention to make his Arsenal return against Cardiff at the weekend.

The Gunners secured their first win of Unai Emerys tenure against West Ham but Saturdays victory was largely overshadowed by the mystery and speculation which accompanied Ozils absence.

Arsenal claimed the Germany World Cup winner was ruled out as a result of illness but reports from Brazil claimed the former Real Madrid star had been involved in a heated disagreement with his new manager about his role in the team.

Emery dismissed those claims as false in his post-match press conference having previously given Ozil his unequivocal public backing and claimed Arsenal to be his family.

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The Evening Standard claims Ozil was due back at the clubs London Colney training base on Tuesday, with the whole squad having been given the previous day off, although it was unclear as to whether he took part in an outdoor session or worked on his fitness in the gym.

Regardless of his fitness, Ozil, who signed a club-record £350,000-a-week contract extension in January, faces a battle to re-establish himself in Emerys preferred XI.

Ozil started the opening two games of the season but with Aaron Ramsey performing well in his absence against West Ham and Alex Iwobi, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, establishing themselves as Emerys preferred options out wide, Arsenals top earner could find himself on the bench on Sunday.

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