According to reports, Mikel Arteta will sit out of the rest of the season as a result of ankle ligament damage suffered in the early stages of the 2-1 loss to Wigan earlier this week.
The Spaniard who has been a first team regular since his summer arrival from Everton appeared to roll his ankle when attempting to cross the ball and early scans show that there is no break however there is ligament damage meaning the midfielder will be sidelined for Arsenal’s remaining 4 matches.
Wenger told Arsenal.com the condition of his box-to-box midfielder after the Wigan match:
He had to come off. It’s an ankle problem. It looks quite a serious one.
We have to scan it tomorrow [Tuesday], it’s too early to say tonight. But it doesn’t look like a little ankle sprain. It is a serious one.
The injury is a big blow to Arsenal’s hopes of overcoming Chelsea this weekend in the blockbuster tie at the Emirates, with Wenger short on midfield options as Wilshere is ruled out for the remainder of his campaign and Diaby unlikely to start. The Frenchman however was involved in the training ground friendly against Oman earlier in the week and should return to the bench.
Benayoun is ruled out as the loan rules restrict the Israeli from facing his parent club, so Ramsey looks set to feature with Rosicky and Song in the midfield with Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to feature if things don’t go Arsenal’s way. Gervinho will highly likely get the nod from Wenger to start this weekend, and the Gunners will need the Ivorian to show some of the form he demonstrated when he first arrived if they want to overcome a strong Chelsea side.
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