Emile Smith Rowe is facing at least a couple of months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on the groin injury that has been causing him persistent issues this season.
The decision to go under the knife means the midfielder will not be available for selection for England at the World Cup and will miss at least 13 matches for Arsenal.
Smith Rowe wasn’t able to play in any of the Gunners’ pre-season friendly matches but has featured as a substitute in four Premier League matches.
The last of those was against Manchester United at the start of the month. After that match, he took part in a warm-down but subsequently suffered a “significant setback”.
Arsenal have said the operation to repair a damaged groin tendon took place yesterday and he should return to full training in December.
Best of luck to Emile with his recovery. Clearly, this is a big blow to both player and club.