Mertesacker praises Cahill after dressing-room visit

Per Mertesacker has revealed Gary Cahill visited him in the dressing room after the Arsenal man ended up with a deep cut after a collision between the pair.

The Arsenal captain had to be taken off after the incident in Sunday’s Community Shield in the 32nd minute at Wembley. He has declared he was soon okay after some treatment, but was grateful for Cahill’s compassionate visit.

“I’m pretty well for that hit and for the deep cut I suffered, I feel quite well,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “The result I think gives me a lift right now.

“I can remember everything [about the clash], so I think there’s no concussion or something, it was just a very, very deep cut and the doctors already said on the pitch they didn’t want to take any risk, so took me off as a precaution and I got some nice stitches.

“I’m not quite sure yet [about whether I will be fit to face Leicester]. We need to take care of this – you know how the swelling goes and if it turns into a black eye or something. It’s too early to say because health is the first thing.”

Cahill went into the Arsenal changing room after the game to apologise to Mertesacker, and the Gunners defender hailed Cahill’s gesture.

“It’s great sportsmanship from him,” he added. “He is as well a champion, a decent fella, so I thanked him again for coming and taking care of that, it’s an accident, but it was a nice touch.”