Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy ruled out for 3 months with injury

Arsenal have suffered a double injury blow with the news that both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are both set to miss the next three months.

Arteta has undergone surgery to have a bony spur removed from his left ankle, which had been causing him significant inflammation and discomfort over recent months.

He has returned to the training ground, but he is expected to miss three months as he recovers from the procedure.

“Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground,” manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website.

“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.”
Debuchy, meanwhile, has had surgery on his right shoulder, which was damaged when he collided with an advertising board in Sunday’s win over Stoke.
“Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday,” Wenger confirmed. “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.”
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