Club doctors at Arsenal have cast doubt on Arsene Wenger’s suggestions that several Gunners stars are suffering from food poisoning out in Shanghai.
The Gunners held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw in their International Champions Cup opener on Wednesday, before the Bundesliga giants prevailed on penalties.
A number of first teamers struggled with the conditions in China, with temperatures reportedly as high as 36 degrees Celsius.
Per Mertesacker was withdrawn from the starting line-up minutes before kick-off, while summer arrival Sead Kolasinac was substituted due to illness.
Olivier Giroud was also absent, while Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were only well enough to be named as substitutes.
“We have a virus in the camp,” said Wenger after the match. “The doctor thinks it is food poisoning.
“Mertesacker and Giroud were sick, Kolasinac was sick. Theo Walcott and Aaron had a little bit of food poisoning as well. I don’t know what they ate.”
Despite this, the Daily Mail report that Arsenal club medics are certain that the illness is not food poisoning. Matt Barlow writes:
‘Arsenal’s medics claim there was no common factor among the players who have been ill and have believe it is probably a mild stomach bug which has been picked up and passed around the camp.’