Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker escaped unhurt after being involved in a minor car crash in London on Monday evening. The footballer's car skidded on the road owing to heavy downpour, while he was on the way back home from training.

The lanky German, who will not be a part of the Gunners' upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, owing to a chest infection, reportedly lost control of his car on the M1 and rammed straight into the central reservation.

And although the 30-year-old sustained no injuries as such, the incident left him "shaken", according to an Arsenal source quoted by the Daily Mirror.

The club has confirmed, though, that he will be fit to return to training.

"Per was sitting looking shaken alongside cops on M1 near the Bricket Wood/Watford turnoff after a car crash," a witness was quoted as saying by the British daily.

Confirming the incident, a source from Arsenal stated that there was no one else in the car during the time of the accident.

"Per had an accident after he left training this morning [Monday] when he went onto the M1 returning home," the source said. "The car aquaplaned into the crash area on the central reservation.

"He was shaken up but not injured. No other vehicles were involved and there was no one else in his car. It's not a big deal. Per is fine and ready to return to training."

Mertesacker missed the last three Premier League games for Arsene Wenger's side owing to illness. He, however, played in the first two games for the Gunners this season – against West Ham and Crystal Palace.

It is also unclear whether he will be a part of the upcoming high-intensity London derby on Saturday, 19 September as the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge to face a struggling Chelsea side.

Mertesacker was a part of the FA Community Shield game prior to the start of the season, as Wenger's side won 1-0 against Chelsea at Wembley.

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