£24m summer Arsenal target undergoes knee surgery, Wenger justified

Sami Khedira warming up

Sami Khedira has again gone under the knife. Have Arsenal dodged a bullet on the Real Madrid star.

This summer Arsenal were strongly believed to be looking into the signature of a defensive midfielder to help bulk up their options in the area.

One such player who was often linked with a move to Arsenal this summer was Real Madrid star Sami Khedira. After he shined for Germany at the World Cup this summer his stock had never been higher, but Real seemed likely to sell.

His contract expires in 2015 and they had just signed his international team-mate Toni Kroos. Reports suggested that Arsenal could have had him for a fee of just £24 million. In fact, some reports suggested they could have got him for even less.

But in the end Arsenal decided not to sign the player, despite his apparent need, availability and costliness.

Now however it appears they made the correct decision.

Khedira has a chequered injury record and spent the majority of last season out of action with a tear to this right anterior cruciate ligament.

But injury has plagued him again this season. He picked up a hamstring problem the day after deadline day. That problem ruled him out for six weeks. Real Madrid have therefore decided to kill two birds with one stone. So while he recovers from his hamstring problem they have decided to operate on a poorly functioning left knee.

He suffered damage to the left knee at the World Cup this summer, reportedly due to over-compensating on his previous right knee problem.

A statement from Real Madrid yesterday stated:

"Sami Khedira, who is currently out injured with a left hamstring problem, has undergone an arthroscopic revision on his left knee. The procedure went successfully and was conducted by Dr Ulrich Boenisch at the Hessingpark Clinic in Augsburg with the supervision of Dr Jesus Olmo. The player will continue to be treated by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services in the next few days."

Arsenal already have their own poor record with injuries and another consistently crocked star would not have been well received by Arsenal fans.

Consider this a bullet dodged.

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