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Bartley Out For Several Weeks More


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Arsene Wenger has seen yet another Arsenal centre half suffer an injury blow.

Young defender Kyle Bartley, 20, currently on loan at Rangers and seen as a first team prospect, needs a hernia operation.

That will rule Bartley out for several weeks and comes on top of Belgian centre half Thomas Vermaelen undergoing surgery and being out for up to two months while midfielder Jack Wilshere could be out for three weeks.

Arsenal boss Wenger will give Per Mertesacker his debut against Swansea on Saturday alongside Laurent Koscielny while out-of-favour Sebastien Squillaci could also have to be brought back in from the cold.

Johan Djourou and 18-year-old Ignasi Miquel are the club's back-up with Vermaelen out after Wenger decided not to pursue his interest in Bolton's Gary Cahill in the transfer window.


Not good news. Sooner the big man is back the better.

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Shame about Bartley but it is an opportunity for whoever plays alongside Goian to stake their claim and competition is good to keep our players on their toes.Hope the big guy gets back and fit soon I think he has a great attitude and we could do with a few more like him.

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