The Spaniard has not played any game for the Gunners since October 2016, and he was expected back in March 2017, but he has now suffered another setback which will require additional operation.

”Certainly he will not be available in the next six weeks, that is for sure.

”Will he play again this season? I don’t think so because once you start to go outside, you have to count six weeks’ preparation and at the moment he is not at that level,”Wenger explained

Arsenal presently occupy fourth position on the Premier League standings with 50 points after 25 games played this term. and the Gunners are 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.