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Arsene Wenger on goalkeepers and Mesut Ozil's fitness level


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was not dropped for the game against Stoke City for smoking in the dressing room.

Reports revealed that the 24-year-old smoked in the showers after the away defeat against Southampton on New Year's Day and was an unused substitute in the Gunners' 3-0 win on Sunday.

"I do not want to talk too much about [why I dropped Wojciech Szczesny]," Wenger explained.

"The more I talk, the less I inform you. [But] no, honestly, no, [it was not a disciplinary action].

"I don't know [how] he felt. You know how you can take a decision.

"I haven't made a decision [on whether Ospina will keep his place]. It was a decision for today's game. Szczesny is our No 1 competing with Ospina and Martinez - that's our job."

Germany international Mesut Ozil made his long-awaited comeback for the Gunners after replacing Olivier Giroud in the 73rd minute.

But the Frenchman insists the 26-year-old needs weeks before returning to full fitness.

"He's [Mesut Ozil is] fit," Wenger declared.

"He lacks match fitness, he's fit physically. It's getting used to contact again. It will take two to three more weeks."

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