INJURY NEWS: Arsenal Star Out for Five Months

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has predicted a 2017 return for the injured central defender, Per Mertesacker.

The German international was hit with a knee injury during Arsenal's 1-1 draw in a friendly match with Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis last week and according to the manager, he is unlikely to be involved in any first team action for the remaining part of the year.

The club's vice-captain underwent a successful surgery on Monday and this will keep him out for a minimum of three months.

‘We have three young players who compete for the position; Holding, who has been very impressive, Bielik and Chambers,’ said Wenger.

‘I will have to make a decision on who is the closest to that position.

‘I had Per on the phone two days after his surgery. He is highly motivated to come back strongly. He will be out for a few months. Is it three or four? I don’t know. Certainly I don’t count that Per will be back before the end of the year.

‘We will miss him. He is a leader on and off the pitch. He is very well respected in the dressing room and gets everybody focused on targets. We lose a heavyweight in our dressing room.’

Per was the favourite to become club captain after the exit of Mikel Arteta but with this fresh setback on his path, he may have to wait a bit to fill in that office.

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