Per Mertesacker is out of Arsenal’s midweek Champions League against AC Milan.
The German defender went down with nobody around him during this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, and Arsene Wenger says the centre-half left the Stadium of Light on crutches.
“It was unfortunate. Mertesacker told me that he got a shot in his ankle and couldn’t move at all anymore. We are a bit worried about his ankle I must say because he goes home on crutches. He has done some ligament damage, but how big that is we will have to check tomorrow.
“For sure he is out for Wednesday.”
Mertesacker’s injury took place just before Sunderland’s goal and while some will say the home side could have put the ball out, Wenger has no issue with them playing on.
“I thought about it during the game after they scored but you cannot demand that. You do not know if a guy has gone down through injury or because he slipped. It’s just that in the action you cannot demand to stop.”
Arseblog News can’t help but think that if the game had been played on a pitch worthy of the Premier League, rather than something that looked like a cross between a ploughed field and no-man’s land, the BFG would be all right this evening.
In this day and age there’s no excuse for a pitch that bad.