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Mertesacker absence not reason for Arsenal loss - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels the absence of Per Mertesacker was not the reason for his team losing 1-0 to Manchester United on Sunday.

The German centre-back was withdrawn on the morning of the match with a virus, opening up a spot for Thomas Vermaelen, who Wenger felt performed well on the day.

Mertesacker has been huge this season, especially at set-pieces where Arsenal conceded from, but Wenger could not blame the defeat on his non-appearance.

"You can't answer that, you will never know," he told Sky Sports when asked if the Gunners may have won with Mertesacker.

"Overall I believe Vermaelen had a very good game today and he was told only this morning he was coming in, and for me he led the line very well and he was all right."

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