Arsenal confirm Granit Xhaka will miss three months with knee injury

Jude Summerfield
Xhaka was injured in the victory over Tottenham
Xhaka was injured in the victory over Tottenham / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Granit Xhaka is facing three months on the sidelines with the knee injury he sustained during the 3-1 north London derby victory over Tottenham on Sunday.

Xhaka collided awkwardly with Spurs attacker Lucas Moura and he was soon substituted, with manager Mikel Arteta later revealing the injury 'doesn't look very positive'. The 29-year-old was later pictured with his knee in a brace, and the Gunners have now released a statement.

It reads: "Further to injuring his right knee during Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, assessments and scans have confirmed that Granit Xhaka suffered a significant injury to his medial knee ligament.

"A specialist consultation took place in London on Tuesday evening which has determined that Granit does not require surgery. 

"Granit’s recovery and rehabilitation programme will start immediately and we are aiming for him to be back in action in approximately three months.

"Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Granit to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible."

It's another blow in what's been a frustrating month or so for Xhaka. A red card in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City saw him suspended before he tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to miss Switzerland's games during the international break.

He returned for the game on Sunday, playing well in central midfield as a flustered and idealess Tottenham gave Arsenal's midfield the time and space to pick them apart as Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all scored.

However, this injury will now rule Xhaka out until at December, meaning the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga and perhaps even Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be given chances in central midfield alongside Thomas Partey.

Upcoming games that Xhaka will miss include Saturday's trip to high-flying Brighton, the following home clash with Crystal Palace, and another Emirates outing against Aston Villa. He will also be absent for important clashes against Liverpool and Manchester United in late November.

The win on Sunday moved Arsenal up to tenth in the Premier League table, ahead of Spurs on goals scored with both sides on nine points with minus five goal difference.

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