The German remains sidelined with illness and is not expected to feature for the Gunners for at least until January 14 after missing the last two games

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mesut Ozil is no closer to a return to first-team action as the Arsenal man remains sidelined through illness.

Arsenal’s comeback too little, too late

The German has not featured since the 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day and was not in attendance as the Gunners recovered from a disastrous opening hour to salvage a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Ozil drew criticism for his performances in the back-to-back losses to Everton and Manchester City, which severely dented the club’s Premier League title hopes before the further dropped points at the Vitality Stadium.

“I haven’t seen [Ozil] for a week,” Wenger told Sky Sports before the game.

“It was an easy decision [to not include him]. He is still in bed.

“He’s not available and I don’t think he will be available for the next game as he hasn’t done anything for a week.”

Ozil is not expected to feature in the 18-man squad taking on Preston North End in the FA Cup third round this weekend.

Arsenal return to league action on January 14 with a trip to Swansea City.