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Arsenal Skipper Mertesacker picks up another injury

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday that club captain Per Mertesacker, who suffered an injury in pre-season and is yet to play for the club this campaign will be out of action for another 3-4 weeks.

Wenger shared that Mertesacker has suffered a calf injury during his rehabilitation and will as a result miss the entirety of January as well.

The veteran Arsenal skipper has been a bit of a write-off on the pitch so far this campaign, but the Gunners continue to value his leadership in the dressing room.

The World Cup winner may not be have the sharpness of foot to be a key defender in Arsenal's title challenge, but he does bring a powerful aerial presence to the Arsenal backline and could be a useful squad player towards the end of the season.

Wenger also shared that Mertesacker will not be leaving the club this summer when his contract expires as the Gunners have the option of an extra year already built into his existing contract and will exercise their right to use it.

Wenger also plans to do similarly with Santi Cazorla's contract, the Arsenal boss revealed.