Wenger confirms Arsenal midfield blow for clash v Man United
By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has ruled Granit Xhaka out of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday with an ankle injury.
The 24-year-old has been a regular feature in Wenger’s side this season but they will now have to make do without the enforcer as they welcome in-form United to the Emirates.
Sky Sports posted on their official Twitter account that the Frenchman confirmed on Thursday that Xhaka is out of the visit of Man United “with an ankle injury.”
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 4, 2017
The news will come as a big blow to the Gunners midfield, as they have relied upon the Swiss international in almost all of their Premier League games this season.
Xhaka has played 40 times in all competitions for the North London club, scoring three goals and supplying three assists, although his disciplinary record is a lot more prolific with 11 yellow and two red cards.
The former Basel man arrived at the Emirates last summer from German club Borussia Monchengladbach.
He’s come under fire from the Gunners faithful for his lack of discipline and inability to make a mark in the big games, but Wenger has stood by the defensive midfielder in all but two of the games he hasn’t been suspended for.
Arsenal can revive their faint hopes of finishing in the top four with a victory against United, who Jose Mourinho has recently admitted that he could field a weakened team.
However the Gunners can also drop down to seventh place if results do not go their way over the course of the weekend.
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