The seven games Granit Xhaka could miss as Arsenal star’s injury prognosis becomes clear

Arteta delivers verdict on Arsenal's win over Tottenham

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Arsenal will be without their third-captain Granit Xhaka for the best part of two months after it was revealed that the Swiss midfielder had picked up a ruptured inner ligament in his knee.

Swiss journalist Andreas Boeni broke the news on Tuesday afternoon as fans scrambled for news on the midfielder after he suffered an injury with just 10 minutes to go of the north London derby on Sunday.

Xhaka had an exemplary game against bitter rivals Tottenham as they won 3-1 against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.

But his injury will be a blow to Mikel Arteta who will rue the misfortune of another key player being absent for a lengthy period.

The immediate fixture that Xhaka will definitely miss is a trip to Brighton on Saturday, as the Seagulls look to keep up their stellar form in the league following their last-gasp draw at Crystal Palace on Monday.

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And if Boeni’s report is to be believed, the initial six-week period in which Xhaka will definitely be out also includes more crunch Premier League ties.

The home tie against fellow London side Crystal Palace will be Xhaka’s first home game missed of the season, before Aston Villa then visit four days later.

A Carabao Cup tie against Leeds United will also bypass the Swiss’ return, although squad rotation may have meant he would miss out anyway.

Then comes an away trip to under-performing Leicester and a home tie against surprise mid-table outfit Watford in successive weekends.

Xhaka would then be back following this game if the timescale that Boeni set out is to be believed.

Although if the player’s stint on the sidelines does reach the maximum eight weeks Boeni believes it could, Xhaka would miss the away tie to Liverpool which is undoubtedly the trickiest game of the lot.

Arteta will be concerned about his injury after Xhaka has become one of his key players in recent times.


And the Spaniard was unsure just how quickly his player would be back when asked post-Spurs.

“Unfortunately he got an injury and I’m pretty worried because it doesn’t look very positive at the moment,” Arteta said.

Arsenal have had a resurgence of late after winning their last three Premier League games.

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