Mikel Arteta admits he is ‘pretty worried’ about Granit Xhaka after a knee problem forced him off in north London derby win over Spurs… as boss reveals the injury ‘does not look very positive’
- Mikel Arteta is ‘worried’ about Granit Xhaka after he was injured on Sunday
- He was caught by Lucas Moura in the second half of Arsenal’s win over Spurs
- Xhaka was forced off with a knee injury despite receiving on-pitch treatment
- Arteta has admitted he is not feeling ‘positive’ about the state of Xhaka’s injury
Mikel Arteta is ‘pretty worried’ about Granit Xhaka after he limped off the pitch during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
The Switzerland international was forced off with a knee injury despite receiving on-pitch treatment from Arsenal’s medical team during the North London derby.
Arteta has since admitted he is not feeling ‘positive’ about the state of Xhaka’s injury and worries the midfielder could be out of action for a prolonged period of time.
Mikel Arteta is ‘worried’ about Granit Xhaka after he was injured during their clash with Spurs
He was caught by Lucas Moura (left) in the second half of Arsenal’s 3-1 derby win
The 28-year-old sustained the injury after being caught on the knee by Lucas Moura in the build-up to Son Heung-min’s second-half goal.
The severity of the injury was heightened as Xhaka was facing in the opposite direction when the impact took place. He immediately dropped to the ground and later received medical treatment.
Xhaka was subsequently replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga – leaving the Gunners boss sweating over his fitness.
Xhaka was forced off with a knee injury despite receiving on-pitch treatment (above)
Arsenal manager Arteta has admitted he is not feeling ‘positive’ about Xhaka’s injury
Speaking about the severity of the Switzerland international’s injury in his post-match conference, Arteta said: ‘Unfortunately he got an injury and I’m pretty worried because it doesn’t look very positive at the moment.’
Xhaka’s injury will come as a blow to the Arsenal squad. He has become a near constant presence in Arsenal’s midfield since he arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
The 28-year-old is one of the only players to have featured in both of their 2017 and 2020 FA Cup final victories.
Nevertheless, Arsenal did manage to hold onto their 3-1 win over Tottenham after Xhaka was forced off injured on Sunday.
It was Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka’s goals that saw Arteta’s men emerge victorious in the North London derby.
Speaking after the game, the Gunners boss admitted he was thrilled by the result.
He said: ‘That’s the beauty of this game and the danger of this game as well.
It was Emile Smith Rowe (above), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka’s goals that saw Arteta’s men emerge victorious in the north London derby
Arsenal have now won three games on the bounce following their horrible start to the season
‘It was one of the nicest feelings that I had certainly in this stadium. It was a big occasion for us, a big game, to win it the way we did and to feel that connection. It made it really special.’
Arsenal now sit in 10th in the Premier League table after three wins on the bounce. Their recent run of form marks a complete turnaround from their opening three games – when they picked up zero points and scored none in the process.
Arteta’s men will take on Brighton next Saturday before heading ino the next international break.