Mesut Ozil will be out for two or three games over the busy New Year period after Arsene Wenger admitted he has a shoulder problem.

Arsenal play Newcastle on Sunday afternoon before taking on Cardiff at the Emirates on January 1 and then Spurs in the FA Cup on January 4.

Speaking ahead of the match at St James' Park, Wenger said to Sky Sports: 'I would have loved him [Ozil] here but he has a shoulder problem, after falling on his shoulder.