Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy to be sidelined for three months following surgeries
Both Arteta and Debuchy had surgery on their ankle and shoulder respectively
Mikel Arteta has been asked to stay out of action for three months after he had a bone spur removed from his ankle. The Spaniard has not made any appearance since he injured himself in Arsenal’s home win against Borussia Dortmund in November last year.
Arsenal boss Arsene 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 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."
Debuchy undergoes surgery after shoulder dislocation
To add to Wenger’s woes, Mathieu Debuchy was also seriously injured in Sunday’s match against Stoke City. The defender dislocated his shoulder and had to go through a surgery.
When asked about Debuchy’s condition, Wenger said: “Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday.
“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."