Arsenal squad hit by food poisoning

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that several players on Arsenal’s pre-season tour have come down with food poisoning.

Arsenal beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Shanghai this afternoon but the likes of Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker were missing from the squad with illness.

It was later revealed that Sead Kolasinac, who was sick on the pitch, was taken off before half time suffering from the same problem, while Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey played despite having similar symptoms. There was also an update on Steve Bould who has had to have an operation.

Speaking after the game the boss said: “We had to dig deep and think we will benefit from it. The doctor thinks it is food poisoning.

“Kolasinac was sick as well. Walcott, Aaron, all had a little bit of food poisoning as well.

“Steve Bould has a disc problem on his neck and he had to [have an operation] in Australia – he couldn’t travel. He had to do it over there and it all went well, but he couldn’t go on, he suffered too much so we had to have it done in Australia.

“He will go home on Saturday from Australia, but he’s okay, I spoke to him on the phone and he is good.”

Obviously, there are risks with travelling so much and so regularly. Not just indulging in new cuisines, but also sitting on a plane for hours on end sucking up recycled air and changing from a cool to scorching hot climate. It wouldn’t be surprising if a few more of the 25-man squad come down with something at some point.

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