Mikel Arteta has been ruled out of Arsenal’s midfield for three months after having ankle surgery.

Mikel Arteta may have played his last game for Arsenal after the club confirmed he faces three months out after undergoing ankle surgery on an existing injury that has kept him sidelined the end of November.

The 32-year-old had a bony spur removed from his left ankle which the club said has been causing him “significant discomfort” for months.

Boss Arsene Wenger said: “Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.”

The Frenchman added: “He had 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.”

A club statement issued on their website read: “Mikel Arteta has undergone surgery to his left ankle to remove a bony spur, which has been causing the captain significant inflammation and discomfort over recent months.

“The procedure went well and Mikel will now begin a period of rehabilitation which is expected to last approximately three months.”
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