Mesut Ozil 3/1 to start for Arsenal v Fulham on opening weekend

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Mesut Ozil is rated a 3/1 chance to start Arsenal’s opening game of the new Premier League season against Fulham this weekend.

The Germany international has been out of favour for some time at the Emirates Stadium but did feature for the Gunners for the first time in six months in a friendly last weekend.

However, our traders reckon Ozil remains unlikely to break into Mikel Arteta’s first starting XI of the new campaign, with 1/5 the price on offer for him not to start.

With or without the 31-year-old midfielder, Arsenal will still be expected to pick up all three points against the newly-promoted Cottagers and are 4/7 to do just that.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Ozil may well have an Arsenal lifeline but he’s a long way off Arteta’s starting XI if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Will Mesut Ozil start for Arsenal v Fulham?

Yes – 3/1

No – 1/5

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.