Lucas Perez out for eight weeks with ankle injury, confirms Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has revealed that striker Lucas Perez will be out for eight weeks with an ankle injury.

The Spaniard, signed from Deportivo La Coruna in August for around £17million, limped off the pitch during the 2-0 win over Reading at the Emirates on Tuesday.

But the Gunners boss, who will welcome back Aaron Ramsey for the trip to Sunderland on Saturday, revealed at a press conference on Friday morning that he will be without the 28-year-old for two months.

“It’s very frustrating,” Wenger said. “He worked very hard to get there, and he’s absolutely gutted.

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“It’s an injury that came from nowhere. A stupid one – a deliberate kick. It was similar to Granit Xhaka [sent off for a foul on Swansea’s Modou Barrow this month] but no red card, though a red card would not have helped Perez.

“It was not needed, but I think it was more a frustrated reaction from the player. He had no chance to get the ball, but you have to deal with that. Sometimes you get away with it. Sometimes you get a bad injury.”

Wenger, who said he would be “cautious” with Ramsey after his hamstring injury which kept him out for 13 games, might be without Theo Walcott who is a doubt with a hamstring problem while Granit Xhaka is still suspended.

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