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Arsenal Blow As Midfielder Ruled Out Until After International Break
Arsenal will have to make do without the services of captain Mikel Arteta until after next months international break, it’s being reported today.
Arteta was forced off in the second half of our 0-0 draw with Besiktas on Tuesday night following a tackle from former Chelsea striker Demba Ba.
He left the stadium in a protective boot and now the Guardian are reporting that the 32-year-old will miss at least two weeks with a badly sprained ankle.
The full extent of the problem will be revealed when scan results come back today, but the newspaper claim that Arsenal don’t expect Arteta to be available again until after next months international break.
If true, it means the Spaniard will miss Saturday’s away trip to his former side Everton, the return leg of our crucial Champions League play off with Besiktas on Wednesday as well as our trip to face newly-promoted Leicester City next weekend.
We then have a two week international break and it’s expected that Arteta will then be available for the home clash against Manchester City on September 13th.
Obviously it’s a blow as we have a couple of huge games coming up and lets not forget Aaron Ramsey will be suspended for the Besiktas game, so Arsene Wenger’s options in the middle are going to be limited.
Many are now calling for the boss to go out and buy a defensive midfielder but lets face it, Arsene isn’t going to buy just because Arteta will miss the next three games. If he buys another midfielder it’s because he was always planning on doing so, so let’s just wait and see how things stand when the window closes on September 1st.