Cape Town - Arsenal's
injury crisis jinx looks like it has struck before the new season has
even started with a report claiming Per Mertesacker could be out for up
to five months.
The German international picked up a knee injury during the Gunners'
friendly against Lens last week and was omitted from the squad for the
pre-season tour to the United States.
Sky Sports, though, reports that he could be out for up to five
months and "Arsenal are yet to confirm the news but we understand an
announcement will be made in the next 48 hours".
Calum Chambers and Rob Holding, who recently joined from Bolton, are
the only fit centre-backs on tour as Gabriel is out with tonsillitis
while Laurent Koscielny has been given an extended break.