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Bould: Defender missed Olympiakos win with illness, hopes for West Ham return

23:51 03 October 2012

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker in action against Southampton. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould revealed that Per Mertesacker is the latest Arsenal player to be struck down by illness.

The Germain missed the 3-1 win over Olympiakos but is likely to be back for Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

“He was ill this morning,” the former defender said. “He has a bit of a virus I believe so that’s where he is at. We’re hoping he is fit for the weekend.

“I am told it is a different virus each time so I don’t know if its in-house, I’ve got no idea.

“We’ve had about four of them ill over the period of about two weeks.”

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