Arsenal midfielder Arteta out for three months

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is facing three months on the sidelines after ankle surgery, the Guardian has reported.

Arteta has already been absent since late November and now may not return until April, having at first been ruled out with a calf problem. It was first expected he would miss a matter of weeks but it was a recurrence of the injury and it has since been confirmed by the Gunners that Arteta has gone under the knife for an ankle problem.

“Mikel has had surgery which went well,” manager Arsene Wenger said. “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.”

Arteta has been at Arsenal since a summer 2011 move from Everton, having spent six-and-a-half years at Goodison Park. The 32-year-old initially joined the Toffees on loan from Real Sociedad in January 2005 and made the move permanent that summer, going on to play more than 200 times for the club. He has since featured on 135 occasions for Arsenal, scoring 16 goals and winning the FA Cup. San Sebastian-born Arteta has also represented Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Rangers in his playing career.

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