Arsenal defender Mertesacker hit by bug

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been struck down by illness.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been struck down by illness.

One notable absentee from the squad for victory over Champions League opponents Olympiakos was German centre-back Mertesacker, who assistant coach Steve Bould revealed is the latest Arsenal player to be struck down by illness.

"He was ill this morning," the former defender said. "He has a bit of a virus I believe so that's where he is at. We're hoping he is fit for the weekend.

"I am told it is a different virus each time so I don't know if its in-house, I've got no idea.

"We've had about four of them ill over the period of about two weeks."

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