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Arsenal fans send messages to Per Mertesacker on Twitter

Arsenal fans send messages to Per Mertesacker on Twitter

Arsenal fans send messages to Per Mertesacker on Twitter

But with the Gunners' late upswing in form (plus it's a cup game so anything can happen), the playing field now seems more level.

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With Koscielny banned and Gabriel nearly certain to miss out, given the pain that the Brazil worldwide was visibly in as he departed, Wenger will likely have to turn to club captain Per Mertesacker to plug the large gaps in his defence. There are fears that the Brazilian has suffered a knee ligament damage and will undergo scans to find the full extent of the injury. The FA Cup draw then threw up two non-League sides for Arsenal, with a thrilling night under the lights of Gander Green Lane seeing Sutton fall to a 2-0 loss.

Mustafi, meanwhile, missed the 3-1 win over Everton at the Emirates with illness, but could return to action in time to feature against Chelsea. The Evening Standard report also confirms that Kieran Gibbs could return to the starting lineup after a thigh injury forced him to sit out against Everton.

Arsenal are still able to call upon the talented Rob Holding, while club captain Per Mertesacker, who missed half of the season through injury, could be involved against Chelsea and Nacho Monreal is capable of playing at centre-back.

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