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Birthdate:  September 29, 1984    Birthplace:  Hannover, West Germany    Nationality:  Germany    Height:  6' 6"    Weight:  198 lbs    

April 26, 2015    Per Mertesacker News

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Mertesacker (ankle) is starting Sunday against Chelsea.

Mertesacker was barely able to train this week because of the injury, but he'll slot back in alongside Laurent Koscielny against a Chelsea squad without Diego Costa (hamstring) and Loic Remy (calf), while Didier Drogba is on the bench with an ankle injury.

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Per Mertesacker: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

April 23, 2015

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Mertesacker has been unable to train this week because of his ankle injury, and he is considered 50/50 to face Chelsea on Sunday, manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday.

Mertesacker has been a rock in the center of defense for Arsenal this season, but if he is unable to play, Gabriel will get the start alongside Laurent Koscielny in his absence.

March 21, 2015

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Mertesacker is available off the bench for Saturday's match against Newcastle.

Mertesacker is simply getting a bit of a rest, with Gabriel starting in his place alongside Laurent Koscielny.

January 4, 2015

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Mertesacker scored the first goal in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Hull City in FA Cup play.

Mertesacker's goal came as his rare strikes usually do - from a corner. The Gunners like to utilize his size and physicality on set pieces, and although this particular goal didn't come on a crisp header from Mertesacker, it looks like a howler in the summary. His defensive play was strong throughout, a key for Arsenal on a day when Laurent Koscielny was rested.

August 23, 2014

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Mertesacker is in the starting XI for Arsenal's Premier League match against Everton on Saturday.

Mertesacker missed the league opener due to limited training following a World Cup victory with Germany, but he returns for Gameweek 2 against an Everton side that can score plenty of goals.

August 19, 2014

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Mertesacker (rest) did not travel with Arsenal for their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday versus Besiktas, but he should be available for Saturday's Premier League match against Everton.

Mertesacker remained in London to continue his post-World Cup training schedule after teammate Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) was cleared to play Tuesday in Turkey. Nonetheless, Mertesacker is expected to be ready to make his season debut at Everton on Saturday, when he'll likely displace Calum Chambers at center-back, should Koscielny hold up through the week.

August 18, 2014

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Mertesacker may play in Tuesday's Champions League game at Besiktas if Laurent Koscielny (knock) is unable to play.

Manager Arsene Wenger said he is hoping that Koscielny is fit, as he was hoping not to use Mertesacker until Saturday's match against Everton. Mertesacker is uninjured, but had a long run with Germany at the World Cup and only recently returned to first-team training.

August 15, 2014

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Mertesacker will be held out of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as well as the Champions League opener at Besiktas on Tuesday, the Independent reports.

Mertesacker took time off following Germany's win at the World Cup, and he has only recently returned to training. There is no injury to worry about, and he is expected to be back in the lineup Aug. 23 against Everton.