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Mikel Arteta could be out for six weeks

ESPN staff
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Mikel Arteta - Arsene Wenger admitted he was unsure as to the extent of the injury © PA Photos
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal's season opener against Aston Villa with a thigh injury and could be out for up to six weeks.

Arteta, 31, was a key player for Arsenal last season, making 43 appearances in all competitions for Wenger's side but will miss the beginning of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Wenger said he was uncertain how long the midfielder will be out for, while admitting his squad is increasingly threadbare.

Arteta underwent a scan on his injured thigh on Thursday. It was hoped the procedure would flag up a slight strain, ruling him out for a few days.

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