Speaking on his Youtube channel, Cha, Goal correspondent at Arsenalrles Watts praised the character of Swiss captain Granit Xhaka when he spoke of the midfielder’s return earlier than expected after the knee ligament injury he suffered in the North London derby earlier this season.
Following a nasty collision with Lucas Moura in the North London derby in September, which saw it excluded until 2022 – a date that was reaffirmed by the club in their latest injury updates – Mikel Arteta, speaking at his pre-match press conference, revealed that an earlier date could be considered with Xhaka.
Arteta said (via the official Arsenal website): “I hope it will be a little earlier than expected. He trains and pushes himself and all the staff as he always does.
“He’s in a good position, he’s playing well and I hope we can have him a little earlier. It is still a little early to decide.
Following Arteta’s update on recovering from Xhaka’s injury, Watts said, “It doesn’t surprise me. I wouldn’t be surprised if he returned at some point in December, because that’s exactly what it is. the kind of character Xhaka is, and he will always work hard to try to get back as soon as he can.
“And it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw him back in a few weeks or so. The fact that he’s training at the moment – I haven’t seen him make contact with the rest of the squad yet, but the fact that he’s training and working with a ball – January seems to be far from that.
“So I suspect that maybe in two weeks we could see him come back to train with the team and then be involved for the holiday season. “
Thoughts from the TIF on Watts’ claim on Granit Xhaka…
The injury update is undoubtedly a major boost for Arsenal. Xhaka has always insisted he will be back sooner than his initial diagnosis indicated, and the Gunners are hopeful the 28-year-old will be available for the festive break-in, the busiest time of the season. year in the football calendar.
In Xhaka’s absence, Albert Sambi Lokonga stepped in as Arsenal maintained their unbeaten race until last weekend, but with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny flying to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, if Xhaka can be back in time to play by January, it will be a blow to major inch for the team and ultimately Arsenal’s season, as they look to secure European football this season under Arteta.