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Ozil pushing for Gunners' return

Unai Emery must make a call on whether Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is fit to feature in Saturday's FA Cup clash at Blackpool.

The former Germany international is nearing a return from a minor knock and could be given some minutes to build up his fitness at Bloomfield Road ahead of a return to Premier League action.

The third-round encounter may come too soon for Konstantinos Mavropanos, meaning that Sokratis Papastathopoulous and Laurent Koscielny could start at the heart of the Gunners' defence.

Arsenal have had plenty of experience in giving youngsters a go in the Europa League this season and starlet Eddie Nketiah might be given a chance in impress once again in attack.

Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are likely to be rested for the encounter with the League One outfit.

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