• Midfielder was hurt against Spurs but does not need surgery
  • Xhaka likely to miss Arsenal’s next 14 Premier League games

Arsenal expect Granit Xhaka to be out for three months with a knee ligament injury sustained in Sunday’s derby victory over Tottenham, meaning the midfielder may not return until early in the new year.

Xhaka was withdrawn in the 82nd minute of Arsenal’s 3-1 win after an accidental collision with Lucas Moura. He was in obvious pain, leaving the stadium with a knee brace on his right leg, and Mikel Arteta warned that “it doesn’t look very positive”. Now Arsenal have confirmed that Xhaka has “a significant injury to his medial knee ligament”, although it will not require surgery and he will begin his rehabilitation immediately.

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