Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mikel Arteta will mis Sunday’s trip to Swansea with the hamstring problem that forced him off against Anderlecht.
“Arteta will be out for Sunday,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “He has a mild hamstring strain and he will be out for a short period because it’s a grade one. He should be back after the internationals.
“Jack [Wilshere] is alright, he is back in the squad for Sunday.”
Worringly, the boss played down the likelihood of Laurent Koscielny being fit for the visit of Manchester United on 22 November saying the French defender, “has a little chance to be back after the international break.”
As revealed last week, Olivier Giroud will return to full training next week and Wenger said of the other long-term absentees, “Debuchy, Ospina and Ozil are progressing very well, but of course they are not available before or straight after the international break.”