Emirates starlet ruled out until December.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has successfully undergone surgery on his ankle but has been ruled out until December.
The 19-year-old suffered the injury during the summer and aggravated the problem in the 1-1 pre-season draw with the New York Red Bulls.
The England international has not featured all season for club or country after picking up the knock in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in June.
Arsenal hoped Wilshere might be able to avoid surgery, but after the injury failed to respond to treatment they decided to send him under the knife.
The news means the playmaker will miss all the Champions League group stage matches as well as important Premier League games, including Tottenham and Chelsea.
Despite the blow, Wilshere is happy with how the operation went.
Writing on Twitter, Wilshere posted: “Had my operation and all went well!
“I am feeling good will spend the night in hospital to monitor me but apart from that I am happy!”
Meanwhile, defender Per Mertesacker revealed the reason behind the Gunner’s clean sheet in the 3-0 win against Bolton was that they worked harder in training.
“We had a little bit more time (during the week) because of the Carling Cup match,” the German told the club’s website.
“Some players had a little more rest and we trained a little harder, especially on the way we want to defend.
“It worked and on Saturday you saw we had a better defence. We were closer together.
“After the four goals against Blackburn we lost a little bit of confidence but we were very proud of our performance. We want to go on with this way of defending.
“I want to do a good job, especially in the defence. That is my role.
“If the coach praises me then that is a great thing but I have to go on and keep on working. My performances can improve.”