Wenger confirms Perez blow for Arsenal with striker facing eight weeks out

The forward, who moved to England from Deportivo last summer, may not play for the Gunners again in 2016 after sustaining an ankle injury in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Reading

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments in the win over Reading in midweek, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

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Perez, who joined the club from Deportivo La Coruna in August for around £17million, sustained the injury following a tackle from Reading substitute Danzell Gravenberch in the second half of Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup triumph.

Wenger, who takes his team to struggling Sunderland on Saturday, told reporters at his news conference: “We’re going to be missing him for a few weeks.

“It’s very frustrating, he’s absolutely gutted because it’s a stupid injury that’s come from nowhere, a deliberate kick. He will be out for six to eight weeks.

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“I think it was more a frustrated reaction from the player but you have to deal with that. In this case it’s unfortunate.”

Arsenal head into the clash against Sunderland in a rich vein of form, having put together a 13-game unbeaten run.

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