Arsenal worry over Mertesacker ahead of Milan clash

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could be ruled out of the Champions League tie with AC Milan on Wednesday with a serious ankle injury, Sky Sports reports.

The German international was stretchered off after appearing to catch his studs in the turf at the Stadium of Light, in the lead up to Sunderland’s opening goal. Mertesacker looked in considerable pain and will now have scans to determine the full extent of the problem.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was asked about the well-being of the 27 year old and revealed that he will have a scan ahead of Wednesday’s game in Italy. The Gunners have suffered with defensive problems all season, but have recently seen the return of Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou following injury./a> Mertesacker’s problem will come as a blow to Wenger ahead of the crunch Champions League tie with the Italian champions.

Wenger said: ‘We were unfortunate, because Mertesacker told me he got like 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. How deep the damage is, we have to check tomorrow, but for sure, he is out for Wednesday.’

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