Photo: Forgotten Arsenal defender joins Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud for dinner

Per Mertesacker joins Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud and his Arsenal pals for team dinner on Tuesday night

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Per Mertesacker joined Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud for Arsenal’s team dinner after their dramatic 2-1 win against Burnley at The Emirates on Sunday.

The former Germany international has been sidelined since the start of the 2016-17 season with a knee injury after Mertesacker suffered the problem during pre-season training.

The towering defender will find it tough to break back into the first-team with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi establishing themselves as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre-half pairing.

Mustafi moved to Arsenal in a £35m deal from La Liga outfit Valencia in the summer transfer window as Wenger looked to bolster his defensive options at the Emirates Stadium.

The German defender scored his first goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Burnley after Alexis Sanchez netted an added-time winner from the penalty spot.

The Arsenal midfielder posted the above photo on his Instagram page with the club captain, Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Giroud.

Xhaka wrote the following caption:

“Nice dinner with the crew 👍🏻😀”

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Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table but eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

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