Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mikel Arteta is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in the Gunners 3-3 draw against Anderlecht.
The Spaniard, who scored from the penalty spot to give his side the lead in the first half of the Champions League clash at Emirates Stadium, was substituted in the 62nd minute after picking up the problem.
The French manager felt aggrieved after the draw, seeing his side blow a three goal lead and felt the injury to his captain had a part to play in the protection of the back four.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Wenger said:
He has done a hamstring. I don’t know what is wrong or how long he will be out for.
I think when we lost Mikel Arteta we lost out because he was one of the few who defended well. That didn’t help.
Apart from that maybe we underestimated subconsciously Anderlecht and got punished. In the Champions League you need to be at the mental level or you get punished and certainly we were not.
Unfortunately Arteta is back to his old ways of picking up injuries left, right and centre. Certainly not ideal with Mathieu Flamini our only option at defensive midfield and a tough fixture list on the horizon, but it was always a concern given his age (32).
Hopefully it isn’t a serious hamstring injury, like or not the Spaniard is our best option in the deep lying midfield role. Get well soon Arteta.