By Alex McLeish

30th Sep, 2021 | 9:00pm

Arsenal dealt 'huge blow' after Xhaka 'surgery' update - pundit

Arsenal have been dealt a “huge blow” with Granit Xhaka ruled out for months through injury, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the divisive midfielder would be sorely missed by Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal confirmed on Wednesday (29th September) Xhaka faces three months out after damaging his medial knee ligament against Tottenham.

The Gunners stated the 29-year-old will not need surgery on the problem

As quoted by journalist James Olley, Mikel Arteta admitted the midfielder “escaped an even worse injury”.

However, he refused to rule out the possibility of Xhaka going under the knife if his recovery does not go to plan.

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McLeish admitted Xhaka still has his doubters due to his disciplinary record and “some poor decision making”.

However, he insisted the Gunners would still miss his presence in midfield.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “For a wee while there were people asking questions, should Arteta be playing Xhaka?

“That was because of his red cards, there was some poor decision making for such an experienced guy.

“But obviously Arteta kept faith in him and knew what he could bring in other parts of his game.

“Once or twice he possibly went through a wee bad spell and he’s come through for Arteta.

“That will be a huge blow for him. He has been through the bad times, people thought Xhaka would be leaving or dropped, he’s come through that.

“That tells you Arteta has executed a good strategy.”

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