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.

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


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.