Arsenal full back Luiz may require knee surgery - Arteta
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According to Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, David Luiz will be out of play due to a knee injury that would require surgery.

Before the international break, the 33-year-old Brazilian played all 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw with West Ham United, but he was forced to miss Saturday’s 3-0 home loss to Liverpool due to right knee discomfort.

“There are a few possibilities – being a little bit more conservative on the treatment, or having to go through surgery,” Arteta said.

“We are talking with the doctors right now to make the right decision on that, but looks like he will be out for a few weeks at least.

“It depends on what decision we will take. If it’s more conservative it will be short-term, if it’s a little bit more radical what he needs, obviously it will take longer.”

The Arsenal defender has made 29 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season, and he is in the final year of his contract with the club.

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Kierney, who was substituted due to a knee problem just before halftime against Liverpool, is also doubtful for Thursday’s first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal against Slavia Prague, according to Arteta.

“He felt something in his knee and he was in pain so it looks like he will be injured, but we don’t know for how long,” the Spanish coach added.

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