Cazözil Day Is Upon Us! Cazorla, Özil Expected to Start vs. Norwich

Jamie McDonald

October 19, 2013: If all goes as planned, that's the day that Arsenal playmakers Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil will start in the same midfield. Cue the confetti cannons! (As a bonus, Theo Walcott might be back in action as well.)

Despite the limping off the field that set Twitter mildly afire for a few hours yesterday, Mesut Özil is apparently fit and ready for Saturday's Premier League match against the mighty Canaries of Norwich City -- to be joined, as the Telegraph reports -- by Santi Cazorla.

Yesterday -- on his 25th birthday -- Özil had a goal and an assist in helping Germany dispatch Sweden 5-3, while Cazorla's been resting his recent hamstring injury during this latest international break. (Spain, as you might expect, compensated for the missing midfielder by having a ridiculously-stacked roster, and secured a World Cup 2014 berth to the surprise of absolutely no one.)

According to the article, there's another key player on the verge of coming back from injury -- Theo Walcott, who required treatment and time off for an unexpected abdominal ailment last month, and missed England's last two UEFA group matches. Happily for Arsenal fans (and other EPL fans), England won its group and won't have to face an additional two playoff matches in November -- a prospect that was still very much on the table heading into the break. Though Walcott could be available for Cazözil Day festivities, it's more likely that he'll return for Tuesday's Champions League match versus big, bad Borussia Dortmund.

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