Jack Wilshere: We can cope without Özil.

Arsenal attacking midfielder Mesut Özil has been sidelined for three months as he suffered a collateral ligament tear in his left knee, following their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Jack Wilshere believes they can cope without the Germany international.

Wilshere is convinced with the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott-who has returned from a long injury- are set to replace the World Cup winner who will miss part of the Gunners 2014/15 campaign.

"Özil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won't change much in the centre," Wilshere told reporters.

"Chambo will get a chance. Theo is coming back as well. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance.

"We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that number 10, we have seen what he can do at number 10. We have players who can come in.

"It's tough to take but it is part and parcel of football. I have had my fair few injuries. It is not a curse, it happens and you just have to deal with it," the 22-year-old added.

"It will be hard for him [Özil] because he likes football, he has never really had an injury before. He had a slight one last season.

"I am not even sure how long it is, I've not been back to the club. It will be difficult for him. But he is naturally quite a fit lad so he will be alright."

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