Arsenal has suffered a double injury blow as doctors confirmed that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy would be sidelined till April due to injury.
While Arteta is still nursing the ankle injury sustained in November during the club’s 2-0 Champions League home win over Borussia Dortmund, Debuchy suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s game against Stoke.
“It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he’s had two surgeries in the same season”, Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying.
He added: “He just came back, he played seven games and he’s out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder.’
On Arteta, Wenger said: ‘Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.
‘He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf. That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it’s a proper solution which gives him the best chance to recover.’
Arteta’s contract with the gunners expires at the end of the season.