Much of the pre-match talk this week has been about whether Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny would turn out for Arsenal against Newcastle.

The hope amongst Newcastle fans being that Aleksandar Mitrovic can exploit the smaller less robust replacements.

Koscielny has a back problem which could potentially keep him out of tomorrow’s game, which will simply depend on what physical state the player feels he is in.

However, Arsene Wenger has talked about a slightly more bizarre situation that surrounds Mertesacker.

The Arsenal boss saying on Thursday that the big centre-half might miss out because of not taking antibiotics.

Wenger suggesting that the typical German mentality is not to trust antibiotics to sort your health out….

Arsene Wenger:

“At the moment he (Mertesacker) isn’t getting better, on Wednesday he was not good, we had to send him home, he has a chest infection.

“The Germans are a bit sceptical of that (taking antibiotics), I don’t know what sort of medication he is taking, I don’t know if he takes antibiotics.

“I hope that he comes in (on Friday) and says: ‘I am perfectly all right’.”