Per Mertesacker says he’s not yet sure if the cut he sustained in yesterday’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea will keep him out for the Premier League opener with Leicester City on Friday.
The World Cup winner had to be substituted in the first half after being left bloodied by Gary Cahill’s elbow and later required stitches above his right eye.
While he doesn’t think he’s suffered a concussion, the BFG said afterwards that he’ll have to see if any bruising adversely affects his vision.
“I’m pretty well for that hit and for the deep cut I suffered, I feel quite well,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “The result I think gives me a lift right now.
“I can remember everything [about the clash], so I think there’s no concussion or something, it was just a very, very deep cut and the doctors already said on the pitch they didn’t want to take any risk, so took me off as a precaution and I got some nice stitches.
“I’m not quite sure yet [about whether I will be fit to face Leicester]. We need to take care of this – you know how the swelling goes and if it turns into a black eye or something. It’s too early to say because health is the first thing.”
Despite the injury being caused by a wayward arm, Mertesacker says he’s not holding a grudge against Cahill who even apologised in the Arsenal dressing room at full time.
“It’s great sportsmanship from him,” he said. “He is as well a champion, a decent fella, so I thanked him again for coming and taking care of that, it’s an accident, but it was a nice touch.”