Resting at home now, feeling very well after the surgery.Wanted to thank u all for the support and the good wishes!— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) January 15, 2015
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support after having his troublesome left ankle operated on.
The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined since limping out of the 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in November, and has since dealt with significant inflammation and discomfort.
He had been attempting to make a comeback in recent weeks but, after suffering further complications, it was decided that he would go under the knife to remove the bone spurs which were causing the problem.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, manager Arsène Wenger said: “Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.
“He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf. That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it's a proper solution which gives him the best chance to recover.”
Arteta is now facing a further three months on the sidelines, having seen his fitness issues limit him to 12 total appearances so far this season.
The former Everton star’s contract is up in the summer and, given that he is set to turn 33 in March, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him move on, despite Wenger's noted fondness for his consistent performances.