Per Mertesacker is set for a big spell on the sidelines with reports suggesting the defender is likely to be out for as long as five months with a knee ligament injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Lens on Friday, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners defensive situation is looking rather precarious before the Premier League season has even kicked off, but it’s hardly surprising given Arsene Wenger’s luck over the years. Mertesacker’s injury is almost certain to force Wenger’s hand into the market, with German international and World Cup Winner Shkodran Mustafi today revealed as having had an approach from Arsenal.
Mertesacker’s absence is a devastating blow considering his immense experience and presence he commands in the dressing room, this may be the last we see of the 31-year-old who could struggle to get a look in when he finally returns to the fray. Also what this does to his potential position as club captain we can only imagine.
Arsenal need to use this opportunity to upgrade the centre back position, with ex-Bolton Wanderers centre half Rob Holding our sole defensive signing so far this summer. At 20-years-old he’s hardly ready to make the big step up after just 30 Championship appearances to his name.
Get well soon Mertesacker, stay tuned to AllArsenal.com for the official announcement.