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Wenger on Mertesacker and Lacazette

Arsène Wenger discussed Per Mertesacker's injury, transfers, Granit Xhakaand Gedion Zelalem during his pre-MLS All-Stars game press conference.

Read on to see what he said.

Catch up on Arsenal's tour of the US:

on Mertesacker...We have bad news on Per Mertesacker. He played in Lens on Friday night, he finished the game and had a little pain on his knee. We found out the next day that it was much more serious than expected. He had surgery yesterday in Germany. It all went well. I know you will ask me for how long he will be out. I don’t know that, it’s [some] months, but I don’t know [exactly] how long he will be out for.

 

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker

 

 

on Xhaka…He will play a part in the game. He is a bit short fitness-wise, because he just came back last week.

on how injury to Mertesacker complicates defensive options…We have to look for an option to get a bit more experience. We will see some of our young centre backs on Thursday as well. With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in.

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on Lyon issuing statement regarding bid for Lacazette…Lyon is responsible for their own statements. On the transfer front, I think the best [option] is always to keep as secret as possible. If we sign somebody, we will announce it. But I cannot tell you much more on that. 

Wenger on Zelalem…Last season he was on loan at Glasgow Rangers, where he did quite well. He is a player with top quality. He might take a bit longer to mature because he was physically a little bit behind on body structure but I’m sure he will be a great player. He [matured a bit slowly] physically but overall I’m convinced that he will make a great career. Will he play? Certainly a part of the game as well.

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