By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has revealed that Abou Diaby underwent surgery on his ankle over the summer and will miss the start of the new Premier League season.

The France midfielder was troubled with an ankle problem last term and has not featured for Arsenal in pre-season, missing the tour of Asia and the Club’s training camp in Germany.

Wenger doesn’t expect Diaby to return until September meaning he will be sidelined for games against Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United as well as the Champions League Play-Off.

“Abou had ankle surgery during the break,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“Normally he should be back eight to ten weeks after his surgery, which means the end of August.”

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