Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta may be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger said.
Arteta was hurt in training and the full extent of the injury hasn’t been determined. Wenger said he may be without the Spaniard for up to six weeks.
“It could be as long, but honestly we don’t know yet,” he told a news conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League season opener against Aston Villa. “We have to check the severity with the doctor. I haven’t talked to the doctor.”
Arsenal has yet to buy a player this offseason, with Yaya Sanogo moving to the London club on a free transfer from Auxerre in France. The Gunners failed to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who went to Napoli, and have two bids rejected for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Arsenal was also linked with Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo, who plays the same defensive midfield role as Arteta, but the Brazilian today joined German club Wolfsburg.
“I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment,” Wenger said. “There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad.”
The soccer transfer period ends Sept. 2.
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