Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Mikel Arteta will be out for the rest of the season, but doesn’t need surgery
The Spaniard limped off during the Gunners’ loss to Wigan on Monday, and it was initially feared that he picked up a more serious injury, but Wenger has put minds at ease on this score.
The Frenchman told the club’s website: “It is season over for him, but he doesn’t need surgery, which is what we were scared of, so he will be out for six to eight weeks.
“It is an ankle problem, but just a sprain.”
The Gunners face Chelsea this weekend, and are looking to secure their berth in the Champions League next season. Striker Gervinho is confident they can achieve their goal, despite losing Arteta.
Gervinho said: “We want to be among the top three. The whole group is very motivated and we are already happy to be where we are.
“We can still do better with the four matches coming. We are fighting only for third place, we don’t think about fourth spot.
“Everybody is determined to fight until the end, from the players and the manager to the fans, to maintain third place.
“If we manage to keep it then everybody should be proud because we fought very hard for it.”