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Arsene Wenger Gives Update On Mikel Arteta’s Injury

Arsenal beat Wigan 4-1 at the Emirates on Tuesday night but Mikel Arteta was forced off with a calf injury. Here’s what Arsene Wenger had to say on the injury.

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Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic 4-1 in a vital clash at the Emirates on Tuesday night that now only meant the Gunners reclaim fourth spot in the table but also saw the visitors relegated to the Championship.

The result was a huge boost for Arsenal heading into the final weekend, where victory over Newcastle United at St Jame’s Park will guarantee at least fourth place and with it Champions League football next season.

However, the win came at a cost as influential midfielder Mikel Arteta was forced off in the final minutes with a calf problem and boss Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com after the game that the Spaniard is now considered a huge doubt for Sunday’s vital clash with the Geordies.

Wenger confirmed that Arteta will be assessed over the next 24 hours and if he’s forced to miss out, it may mean a recall for Jack Wilshere – who is set for surgery at the end of the season to remove a pin in his troublesome ankle and is only able to play with the use of painkilling injections.

Here’s what the boss told the clubs official website:

on Arteta’s substitution…

he is not alright, he pulled his calf so that could be a problem for Sunday. We don’t know, we have to wait for 24 hours. He is a massive doubt for Sunday. He is very important, that is why i don’t rule him out at the moment. maybe we will have to push Wilshere in [if he doesn’t make it]. I don’t know.

It would be a huge blow if Arteta was to miss a game of such importance. While he’s not a natural defensive midfielder, he’s vital to our game and we have very little back-up options in the middle of the park in his absence.

Wilshere clearly isn’t 100% fit and it would be a big task for him to step in and play 90 minutes in such an intense game, so hopefully Mikel’s calf problem isn’t as bad as first feared and he’ll recover in time to play this weekend.

How big a miss do you think Arteta would be? Get involved in the comments section below.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. precious

    May 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    The Gunners will surely qualify for the Champions League

  2. agbesuyi olaitan

    May 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    arsenal are coming stronger now we urges wenger nt to sell star players again.

  3. Udozuwe Ifeanyi

    May 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I saw Arsenal Fc finishing 3rd on EPL Table. How? NUFc 1, ARS 2. Everton 2, Chelsea 1.

  4. demongooner

    May 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    i blame wenger for artetas injury last night …why keep him on the field with 20minutes remaining when we were 4.1 up ?
    same for poldoski and rosicky all should came off just after 4 th goal……..
    but i’m afraid wenger never learns …same will happen in transfer market wait and see all these so call players we after won’t come we will get players (2 i say) who we never heard off.

    • Mart

      May 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Wenger takes the blame for everything.

      How is he suppose to know Arteta will get injured?

      • G. Clapham

        May 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

        He couldn’t but should understand that Arteta, Cazorla, and Theo are of supreme importance to the team and all should have been removed.

    • philip88

      May 16, 2013 at 4:40 am

      Yah if it was done like you said and Wigan suddenly score three in 10 minutes, you will conveniently change tune and say Wenger the idiot changing a winning formation.

  5. Alaya kazeem olanrewaju

    May 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    up gunners. Arsenal will definitely qualify 4 champions league. 4get abt d enemies.

  6. olawale

    May 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    up gunners god wil heal up arteta for us bcos he his very important in the middle

  7. Ohaletegreg.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    All the same God will help us. Up gunners

  8. raj

    May 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Demon gooner you aré a twat

    • Naija Gooner

      May 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Raj, please say that again and in capital letters. TWAT.

  9. enchanted

    May 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

    gunners for life.i believe even without mikel arteta,arsenal can still make it,but his presence in that march will do us good.

  10. G. Jeje

    May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Up gurners wenger must used arteta for the first half and use wilshere for sec half with ox

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