Spaniard Mikel Arteta faces over a month on the sidelines, after picking up a thigh injury, according to reports.
The former Everton midfielder’s injury was revealed by manager Ars ne Wenger at a press conference on Thursday morning. A scan showed he’s picked up a torn quadricep, which means over a month out of action for the player.
Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are also nursing injuries, but may be available for selection for their opening Premier League fixture tomorrow against Aston Villa. Walcott was taken off during England’s 3-2 win over Scotland after sustaining a knee injury, while Ramsey’s ankle injury prevented him from playing against Ireland. Thomas Vermaelan and Nacho Monreal are both injury concerns for the Gunners, with both players expected to miss the Aston Villa match at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s a bad time for Wenger’s inspirational midfielder to be missing, with the opening rounds of Premier League matches approaching, and two crucial Champions League qualifiers against Fenerbache also on the horizon for next Wednesday. With no serious summer signings made to date, Wenger needs every available player fit for a crucial month ahead.
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