LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal has been dealt a double blow in their quest for a top four position, following the news that Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta will both be out for three months.
Midfielder Arteta had a successful surgery on his left ankle to remove a bony spur and could miss the rest of the season, while full-back Debuchy underwent surgery on his right shoulder and the club also expects him to be out until April.
“Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday,” manager Arsene Wenger said on the club’s official website at www.Arsenal.com.
“It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he’s 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.”
Wenger added about Arteta: “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.”
The club wishes both players a speedy recovery.
Arsenal is 5th in the English Premier League table standings, one point behind 4th place Manchester United and will face defending champions Manchester City on Sunday in what is expected to be a very tough game.