Wenger points blame at Tottenham as 24-year-old suffers injury blow (not Wilshere)
By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has blamed Tottenham players for causing an injury to Granit Xhaka which will keep him out of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
The 24-year-old had to be taken off in the 65th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to White Hart Lane last weekend and the Frenchman has pointed the blame at Mauricio Pochettino’s men and their rough-handed approach of the North London derby.
Injury expert Ben Dinnery reported on his personal Twitter account that Wenger said the Swiss international will miss Sunday’s game “from the kick he got” at Tottenham.
Wenger reveals Xhaka [ankle] is ruled out "from the kick he got" at Tottenham. Mustafi has returned to training. #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) May 4, 2017
Xhaka has made 40 appearances in his debut campaign with Arsenal, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
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He arrived at the Emirates last summer from German club Borussia Monchengladbach but has come under fire from large sections of the North London club’s support due to his lack of discipline and inability to step up in the big occasions.
Despite fans calls for Wenger to drop Xhaka from the side, the Frenchman has insisted upon playing him.
The 50-times Switzerland international has only missed two of Arsenal’s games this season in which he wasn’t suspended for.
However his time of the sidelines has been extended by a terrible disciplinary record that has seen him earn 11 yellow cards and two red cards.
Xhaka isn’t the only Arsenal player to have been hit by injury at White Hart Lane in recent weeks as on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere suffered a broken leg while playing for Bournemouth in April.
In other Tottenham news, Harry Kane has revealed what he is finding hard to do this season.