The Swiss midfielder played 90 minutes against Southampton at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka is not suffering from an injury and was simply rested for Arsenal’s Premier League win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night at the Emirates.
The Swiss midfielder, who has been in excellent form this season, was omitted entirely from Unai Emery’s 18-man squad as the Gunners ran out easy 5-1 winners.
Some fans had feared that Xhaka had picked up another knock – having missed games against Manchester City and Huddersfield in February – but Emery says he is fine for the weekend’s north London derby.
Emery recorded the biggest win of his reign at Arsenal so far (Picture: Getty)Asked if Xhaka was alright, Emery explained at his post-match press conference: ‘Yeah he’s ok. Today he was rested.’
In Xhaka’s absence, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi both started, though the latter was at fault for Bournemouth’s consolation goal.
There was another injury worry when Sead Kolasinac was withdrawn after 57 minutes against Bournemouth, and Emery says he has to be managed very carefully.
He continued: ‘Kolasinac has been having a problem in his muscular and sometimes he’s telling us to rest some matches, some minutes.
Kolasinac recorded an assist before coming off in the second half (Picture: Getty)‘The first half he finished it well but in the dressing room he said he can continue but he was feeling some pain.
‘Can continue, but I prefer to change him for rest and also he played Sunday with a big intensity and today we can do the change and carry on with another player.’
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