Arsenal have embarked on their US tour but they’re missing a vital person: our rumoured new captain, Per Mertesacker (oh and Gabriel).

The BFG is hard to miss considering he’s about 10-feet tall and he was noticeably absent from the first pictures that have emerged from Arsenal’s trip to America.

The centre-back featured in our 1-1 draw away to RC Lens last week but has apparently injured his knee.

It’s unclear how serious the injury is – hopefully, it’s nothing too severe.

Meanwhile, Gabriel is apparently ill with a virus, which explains why he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

My company for the @emirates flight #ArsenalUSA

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Arsenal face the MLS All-Stars on Friday 29th July and Chivas de Guadalajara on August 1st.

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Update

It looks like bad news for Per, as Kike Marin has reported that he could be out for up to five months with this injury. Gutted.