Arsenal win but Xhaka is injured
Arsenal emerged triumphant from the North London derby thanks to a first-half blitz that saw them take a 3-0 lead at halftime, ultimately winning 3-1.
Emile Smith Rowe, roared by a jubilant local crowd, opened the scoring and was late to convert a Bukayo Saka cross. Then it was Smith Rowe’s turn to supply his teammates, finding Aubameyang who made it 2-0 after just 25 minutes.
0⃣1⃣ knee slip
Liquid Soccer 😍 pic.twitter.com/wo4M4g3esJ
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 26, 2021
It got even better, as Bukayo Saka put his name on the roster before halftime, which saw some Spurs fans refuse to take their seats for the second half.
However, the pleasant day was spoiled and somewhat clouded by an injury to Granit Xhaka in preparation for Tottenham’s goal, with Lucas Moura accidentally catching the Swiss midfielder in the knee entirely, causing him to be unable to continue.
Initial expert diagnosis suggested that his full-time presence on the field was a good sign for the Swiss captain, who had just returned from suspension.
Granit Xhaka Update: He was on the court for the post-game celebrations and seemed to be walking well. It doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods, but it’s a good sign.
– Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT (@ 3cbPerformance) September 26, 2021
Today, however, the diagnosis took a turn for the worse.
First, an image was circulated showing Xhaka in full protective gear.
Doesn’t seem cool pic.twitter.com/81NG4FcA5a
– JB ™ ️ (@gunnerpunner) September 28, 2021
Then, according to London football correspondent Chris Wheatley, a diagnosis emerged.
According to Andreas Boeni, Granit Xhaka suffered a “tear of the internal ligament of the right knee”, which will rule out six to eight weeks.
Granit Xhaka has suffered an internal ligament tear in her right knee, according to @AndreasBoeni.
The initial diagnosis suggests that you will be unconscious for at least 6 to 8 weeks. #AFC
– Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 28, 2021
This means that Arsenal will be without their Swiss star until mid-November at the earliest, leaving Thomas Partey as the senior midfielder in Mikel Arteta’s ranks.
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