Granit Xhaka is an injury doubt for Sunday’s game with Crystal Palace having picked up a hip problem in the 1-0 win over Napoli.
When the Swiss was substituted midway through the second half last night it was assumed Unai Emery had made the decision to avoid the player picking up a booking that would have earned him a Europa League suspension.
While that may have formed part of his thinking, it looks as though a knock probably made up his mind. Xhaka has already missed four Premier League games in 2019 due to a groin problem.
Arsenal’s medical team have also confirmed that Aaron Ramsey sustained an injury to his left hamstring.
Unsurprisingly, they’ve ruled him out of Sunday’s game. He’ll be properly assessed in a few days with the hope being he only misses a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months. If it’s the latter, the fear is we’ve seen the last of him in an Arsenal shirt.
Elsewhere, Denis Suarez’s groin injury looks likely to keep him sidelined – there were rumours doing the rounds this week that he could even return to Barcelona early – while Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are continuing their rehab from long-term problems. In good news, the latter is already working with the ball again.
Sokratis will miss Palace’s visit to the Emirates as he is serving the second of a recent two-game ban for picking up 10 bookings this season. Unai Emery confirmed last night that he’ll definitely be rotating his players this weekend.