Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16
Mikel Arteta has returned to the Arsenal starting lineup for Tuesday's Champions League match vs. Borussia Dortmund:
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
Arsenal have announced Mikel Arteta's fitness ahead of Saturday's match:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28
Mikel Arteta has confirmed he hopes to be fit for Arsenal's first game after the international break at home to Manchester City, per Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.
Arteta is nursing an ankle injury, but he wrote in Arsenal's programme notes ahead of Wednesday's win against Besiktas that he only expects to miss one more club match: Sunday's trip to Leicester City:
I am trying to work as hard as I can, even when I am resting. I hope to be back for the Man City game and I’ll do everything I can to be there.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal's Champions League play-off second leg against Besiktas.
Arsene Wenger confirmed, via Arsenal's official Twitter:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
As expected, Mikel Arteta is out of Arsenal's weekend trip to Everton.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the news, via the Gunners' official Twitter:
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Dominic Fifield of The Guardian reported on Mikel Arteta's timeline for return after injuring his ankle in the recent clash with Besiktas:
Arsenal are braced to be without their captain, Mikel Arteta, for the games against Everton and Besiktas after the Spanish midfielder suffered a badly sprained ankle in a tackle with Demba Ba in Tuesday’s goalless Champions League qualifying tie in Turkey.
Arsenal could be without a key performer as Mikel Arteta was forced out of his club's latest match with an ankle injury.
ESPN FC first reported the issue during the club's Champions League play-off match against Besiktas:
Mikel Arteta is coming off with what looks like an ankle injury. Mathieu Flamini will take his place in the midfield.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 19, 2014
James Olley of the London Evening Standard adds that the player was limping off the pitch:
Arteta limping off here. Change required. Flamini coming on. Captain's armband handed to Koscielny. 0-0.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 19, 2014
Arteta doesn't look good. Just walked through the mixed zone wearing a protective boot, limping badly. Wenger says he "turned his ankle".— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 19, 2014
While Arsenal are deep with players in the midfield, most of the contributors are better served on the attack. Conversely, Arteta is one of the few defensive midfielders on the roster with Mathieu Flamini as another true holding player. Aaron Ramsey could also play deeper on the pitch than usual to fill the spot.
If this injury turns out to be serious, though, the bigger issue could be replacing Arteta emotionally. The 32-year-old veteran was named the captain this season and is a leader both on and off the pitch.
The Gunners will certainly hope this issue turns out to be minor and he will be able to return for the club's next league match against Everton.
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