Arsenal will be without Per Mertesacker for ‘months’ after the defender pulled up with a serious knee ligament damage in the wake of the Lens friendly, while Alexis is still recovering from his nasty ankle injury sustained in Chile’s Copa America final win (via Arsenal.com).
Wenger clarified that Alexis’ injury is not a major concern, but will allow him further rest to ensure the Chilean is fully healed and recharged for the fast approaching new season. Similarly, Gabriel who is sick, was left out of the tour to recuperate.
The Gunners head into matches against MLS All-Stars and Chivas in the States, and will be without a host of first name stars namely due to their prolonged involvement in the Euro 2016 finals.
“The players who won’t make it are the players who went very far in the European Championship, such as Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
“I left Gabriel behind today because he has tonsillitis and is infected. He cannot travel.
“Alexis will not go either because he had an ankle injury. That is not too bad but I will leave him behind as well.”
The Arsenal boss also revealed Mertesacker would be absent for months without giving a clear indication to the length of rehabilitation that would be required after undergoing surgery on his knee this week. The statement was oddly removed from Arsenal’s official website, part of an article with transfer target Alexandre Lacazette.
“We have bad news on Per Mertesacker,” the Arsenal manager said (quotes via Express).
“He played in Lens on Friday night, he finished the game and had a little pain on his knee.
“We found out the next day that it was much more serious than expected.
“He had surgery yesterday in Germany. It all went well.”
“I know you will ask me for how long he will be out,” added Wenger.
“I don’t know that, it’s [some] months, but I don’t know [exactly] how long he will be out for.”
Arsenal’s first match of the USA tour sees the Gunners lineup against MLS All-Stars on Friday morning at 1.01am.