Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be missing from the club’s visit to Newcastle United on Sunday as a result of his ongoing injury layoff.

The Armenian winger, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United back in January in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez, has made 12 appearances for the north London side since his arrival, but has been forced to sit on the sidelines for the last two matches with a knee injury.

Following the club’s 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow on Thursday night, Wenger confirmed the 72-cap tricky attacker would not be making the journey up to St James’ Park, with an expected return date of two weeks.

He told the Gunners’ official website: “He has a medial ligament strain, he should be out for two more weeks.

“Do not be too worried. We have a very good medical staff and he is very serious in his rehab.”

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There is no doubt that Wenger would have wanted the Armenian international available for this current run of fixtures, for the strain it will be putting on his squad will be enormous. Having played in a tough clash in Moscow for the Europa League tie, many of the starting XI will be expected to start again on Tyneside, despite the huge journey across Europe which would have taken a toll on even the most experienced of travellers. What Newcastle will be hoping is that they come up against a jaded Gunners side, and if not, then at least one weakened by the absence of their top stars, as the Magpies look to pick up a third consecutive victory.

In other Newcastle United news, fans have been left raving over the club’s official statement.

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