Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger is adamant his side weren’t defeated by Manchester United on Sunday, as a result of Mertesacker’s absence.
Wenger’s men were halted in their tracks by the Red Devils yesterday, as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, courtesy of a 27th minute strike from Robin Van Persie.
Despite suffering their second defeat of the season, the Gunners remain at the top of the log, albeit only two points (25) behind second placed Liverpool and Wenger believes Vermaelen’s inclusion didn’t deter his side.
“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.”
Mertesacker, who was ruled out with illness shortly before yesterday’s loss against the EPL Champions would now use the international break to recuperate, in a bid to be fresh for the visit of Southampton on Saturday, 23rd October.