Arsenal have confirmed that full-back Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season after suffering the anterior cruciate ligament fracture in his left knee.

The Spaniard has picked up the injury in his side’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea on Saturday evening.

The 23-year-old was stretchered off before being replaced by Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the second half of the game.

The Spain international right-back will be out for nine months and is going to face the battle to be fit for next season.

The statement said: “Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.”

“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days.”

“The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season.”

“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Hector is back on the pitch as soon as possible next season.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that the Gunners will not enter the January’s transfer market looking for a replacement.

When asked if they may sign a replacement for Bellerin, Emery said: “We have Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. Also [Stephan] Lichtsteiner. Also, I don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson.”

The North London side return to action on Friday night when they will face Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round at the Emirates.

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