Arsenal confirm duo will miss three months after surgeries

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta have undergone surgeries that will keep them both out for around three months, Express reports.

Debuchy has just recently returned after hurting his ankle back in September, but dislocated his shoulder early in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Stoke on Sunday.

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Now the France international, who just signed from Newcastle in the summer, will be out till almost April after going under the knife.

“Mathieu had surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday,” said Wenger. “It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he has had two surgeries in the same season.

“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.”

Meanwhile key midfielder Mikel Arteta has been sidelined since November with a calf problem, but the Spaniard has also been suffering problems with his ankle.

This has prompted Wenger to give the green light for Arteta to have surgery on the ankle, with the Gunners boss hopeful that he will return soon.

“Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.

“He had 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.”

The Gunners have been struggling with several injury issues this season, but will be buoyed by the recent return of Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, and Aaron Ramsey to the midfield.


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