According to BBC’s David Ornstein, Per Mertesacker is ill and will not travel to Sunderland for tomorrow’s game.
It’s a blow for Arsene Wenger’s side and the German and Laurent Koscielny have formed a very good partnership over the last few months.
The manager hinted Thomas Vermaelen might make the trip, but it remains to be seen if he’ll start. Bacary Sagna has filled in at times and Wenger might prefer to play him there and keep Carl Jenkinson at left back.
There’s also a worry over new boy Mesut Ozil who also missed training today through illness but will make the journey north. Did the Germans eat some bad Bratwurst as they welcomed Ozil to Arsenal?
Not good news, let’s hope Mesut makes it, at least.