EXCLUSIVE: Arteta to miss SIX weeks with thigh tear as Arsenal enter injury crisis

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to miss the first six weeks of the season after sustaining a torn quadricep.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger revealed this morning the vice-captain would undergo a scan after picking up a thigh injury in training.

It was hoped the procedure would flag up a slight strain, ruling him out for a few days.

Injury blow: Mikel Arteta will be out for around six weeks with a thigh injury

Injury blow: Mikel Arteta will be out for around six weeks with a thigh injury

Out of action: Arteta will miss crucial Champions League and Premier League games

Out of action: Arteta will miss crucial Champions League and Premier League games

But the results have shown a tear, meaning the midfielder is likely to miss over a month of the new season.

Arteta will miss the vital Champions League qualification double header against Fenerbahce as well as the opening batch of Premier League games.

Arteta’s thigh is just the latest injury problem for Wenger, who is already without Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal and Abou Diaby.

Furthermore, Bacary Sagna is facing a race against time to be fit for the season-opener against Aston Villa on Saturday after sustaining an ankle injury whilst on international duty for France.