Arsenal hit by Arteta injury

Arsenal face the prospect of being without influential midfielder Mikel Arteta for six weeks, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the ex-Everton playmaker suffered a torn thigh muscle in training.

Manager Arsene Wenger is already dealing with the twin problems of a mini injury crisis early in the season – with Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla all doubts for the opening Premier League game of the season and Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal definitely out – and a frustrating summer that has seen little transfer activity at the Emirates Stadium.

Only Yaya Sanogo has joined the Gunners this summer, a free transfer signing, and while Wenger has insisted he will continue to search for arrivals, the newspaper claims he is under pressure to deliver in the transfer window.

He said: “There are 18 days to go [until the window closes on September 2], so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number of players coming in will be, but we will be active until the end.

Arteta was a deadline day signing from the Toffees in 2011, having spent six-and-a-half years on Merseyside. He has since gone on to make 81 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 12 goals and was appointed the club’s vice-captain in 2012.

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