Arsene Wenger: 'Mikel Arteta could return sooner than three weeks'

Mikel Arteta
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Arsene Wenger says that midfielder Mikel Arteta could recover from his injury sooner than expected because it is a "minor calf strain".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Mikel Arteta could return from injury sooner than expected.

The 30-year-old Spaniard was initially ruled out for "approximately three weeks" with a calf strain.

"Arteta's injury could be shorter than three weeks because it's a minor calf strain," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "It's a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.

"Mikel Arteta is an important player. First of all, he's a good player, a tactically intelligent player, and a winner. He has three important qualities that you miss when you don't have him."

Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011.

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