By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Johan Djourou will miss “six to eight months” after undergoing surgery on his knee.

The centre half suffered swelling to the knee in training for Switzerland’s game with Italy at the start of the season. He has since been under the surgeon’s knife.

Speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon, Wenger revealed the length of his recuperation.

“Johan is six to eight months,” he said. “He had big surgery, and it is a big blow for him and the Club. He will have to be patient this season.”

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