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Mikel Arteta leaves West Brom match with possible calf injury

I don't even have a joke here, at this point.

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Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Mikel Arteta had to leave today's match against West Brom, after suffering what appeared to the naked eye to be a calf injury. Arteta had himself come on as a substitute after Francis Coquelin had to leave in the first half after suffering a knee injury.

When that happened, I said this:

Mikel Arteta came on to replace him in this game, and one would assume that would be the case for the foreseeable future should it be a long-term injury. Arteta's more than capable, if he can stay healthy, but his past year and a half or so doesn't breed a lot of faith that that's possible.

So yeah, guess I called that. heaves the world's heaviest sigh

Mathieu Flamini came on, and since now he's basically the team's only "defensive midfielder," here's hoping his arms don't fall off or something.