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    Arsenal defender Mertesacker out for 'long term'

    The Germany international injured his right ankle in Saturday\'s Premier League match against Sunderland.

    London: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker faces a long spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery only four months before the European Championships.

    The Germany international injured his right ankle in Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland.

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that, "unfortunately he has had surgery and we have lost him for a while. How long I don't know. He had reconstruction of his ligaments. So it will be long term."

    Arsenal are fourth in the league and facing elimination from the Champions League after a 4-0 loss at AC Milan on Wednesday in the first leg of the last-16.

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