Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Granit Xhaka will be a “big, big loss” but insists the Gunners will cope in the absence of the midfielder.
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.
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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.”
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