Mesut Ozil pictured back in Arsenal training ahead of clashes with Liverpool and Manchester City

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Mesut Ozil is yet to make a single appearance for Arsenal since the season’s restart (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil could be in line to return to Arsenal’s squad for their upcoming encounters with Liverpool and Manchester City after he was pictured in first-team training on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old midfielder is yet to feature since the season restarted last month and has failed to even make Mikel Arteta’s squad for the Gunners’ last four Premier League outings.

According to Arteta, Ozil has been struggling with back soreness which has made the German a major doubt for this week’s match with newly-crowned champions Liverpool.

Ozil’s absence from the side has been a running theme in the latter half of his stay at the Emirates and it’s become an increasingly embarrassing situation for the club, considering the playmaker is their top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week.

But it appears the former Real Madrid star could be in contention to face Jurgen Klopp’s men after he joined up with the rest of his Arsenal team-mates at London Colney.

The north London giants will be desperate to bounce back from their defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham with an improved performance at home to Liverpool.

The result on Sunday saw Spurs leapfrog Arsenal into eighth place in the table and, with it, the Gunners hopes of securing European football were dealt a huge blow.

Arsenal take on Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup final after their clash with Liverpool and will then look to end their league campaign on a high when they face Aston Villa and Watford.

Arteta says his players were immensely ‘disappointed’ in the wake of their loss at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but insists his squad will be ‘ready’ when they entertain Liverpool.

‘They were touchy yesterday,’ the Spaniard said at his press conference on Tuesday.

‘They know what it means to everybody, that kind of game.

‘They felt disappointed because of the way the game went, they feel they deserved much more but as well that the reflection of the game is that we lost the game.

‘But they are ready, they know that the games coming up in the next few days are massive for us, for the future of next season as well and they are willing to go and try again and put the same effort and commitment.’

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