The big German defender has come down with an illness and did not make the trip to Sunderland with the Arsenal squad.
Tony Pulis' tastes have taken a significant step up with new ownership after the news that Albion bid £21 million for Portugal holding midfielder William Carvalho.
Celtic have confirmed the signing of West Brom defender Cristian Gamboa from West Bromwich Albion on a permanent transfer.
The influx of attacking options at Vicarage Road continues as the Hornets announced the signing of Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht.
The Saints have moved to replace Graziano Pelle with a record transfer for Lille's 22-year-old forward Sofiane Boufal.
The agent of Manchester City's Joe Hart has reportedly confirmed to Italian media that the goalkeeper is set for a medical at Torino.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers looks set for a season-long loan to Middlesbrough with a medical planned for Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero is facing the prospect of a ban although his enforced spell on the sidelines could not have been timed better after picking up an injury.
Wayne Rooney will retain the England captaincy following an announcement by Sam Allardyce on Monday.
Chelsea have sent striker Patrick Bamford to Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.
Lucas Perez will be announced as an Arsenal player today adding speed and directness to a forward line in need of reinforcements.
Arsenal have moved to reinforce their central defense with the arrival of German international Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.