Mikel Arteta says Granit Xhaka will be a “big, big loss” but insists Arsenal will cope in the absence of the midfielder.
Granit Xhaka has been ruled out for up to three months after suffering a medial knee ligament injury during Sunday’s victory over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Xhaka sustained the injury an accidental collision with Lucas Moura.
Xhaka is likely to miss the remainder of 2021, although the club confirmed he will not require surgery on the injury.
Arteta is confident the midfielder will use the setback to his advantage, but is adamant there is enough quality within the squad to deal with his absence.
“Obviously, it’s really bad news personally for Granit,” the head coach said.
“He’s a big, big loss. We’re going to lose him for a while. We’ll try to keep him as close as possible to the team.
“He’s a strong man; he will use this time to focus on other things, and I’m sure he will be back in the right place when he’s back.
“We are here to help him, and I’m sure we’ll find some ways around it because we have some really good players who can do the job.”
Arsenal who are just coming back to form after their horrible start of the 2021-22 English Premier League season and an injury from Xhaka can be a big blow on the squad.