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Friday 20 April 2012

Wenger: Arteta does not need surgery

Arsenal boss confirms midfielder will miss rest of season after spraining ankle against Wigan

Mikel Arteta has scored six goals for Arsenal since joining the club from Everton last summer

Arsenal have received positive news on Mikel Arteta's ankle injury with manager Arsene Wenger saying the midfielder does not require surgery.

Wenger confirmed that the 30-year-old Spaniard will miss the rest of the Barclays Premier League campaign with an ankle injury picked up in the early stages of Monday's defeat by Wigan Athletic.

But the Gunners boss said the influential midfielder, who has been in fine form for Arsenal since moving to London from Everton last summer, had nothing more serious than a sprain.

"So he will be out for six to eight weeks"
- Arsene Wenger on Mikel Arteta

"It is season over for him but he doesn't need surgery, which is what we were scared of," said Wenger ahead of Saturday's League match against Chelsea.

"So he will be out for six to eight weeks. It is an ankle problem but just a sprain."

Aaron Ramsey, who replaced Arteta against Wigan, is likely to come into the side for the Chelsea contest.

Wenger revealed that Abou Diaby could be included in the squad as he battles back from a hamstring problem. Diaby has suffered with injuries all season and has made only two League appearances this campaign.

"He is back in the squad," added Wenger. "He played one half on Wednesday [in a friendly] and he will be all right now I think.

"We still have to be a bit cautious with him because we had so many setbacks. If all goes well he will be in the squad."

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Key Points

  • Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta does not need an operation on his ankle injury
  • Arsenal midfielder will miss rest of season
  • Arteta expected to be out for up to two months