Xhaka and Torreira pick up knocks?

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There are concerns that Granit Xhaka picked up an Achilles injury while playing for Switzerland against Gibraltor on Sunday.

Both Physioroom.com and Premier Injuries claim the midfielder picked up a knock and will now be assessed by Arsenal’s medical staff ahead of Sunday’s game with Watford.

Xhaka was subbed in the 74th minute of his country’s 4-0 victory and was in visible discomfort as he hobbled off the pitch following treatment.

To make matters worse for Unai Emery, there were reports at the weekend that Lucas Torreira had picked up an injury playing for Uruguay against Costa Rica. He was taken off before half time in the 2-1 win. It’s unclear whether he’ll be part of the squad to face USA in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Of our other midfielders, Joe Willock withdrew from the England under-21 team as a precaution, Dani Ceballos is due to return to London today having been on the bench for Spain’s win over the Faroe Islands and Matteo Guendouzi could face Andorra for France tomorrow.

We also have Mesut Ozil in contention to feature.

Update

Granit has had the following to say about the problem: “I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game. It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.”

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Forest gooner
Forest gooner

We may finally see ozil auba laca & pepe start!

Alex
Alex

UE will find another stupid excuse not to.

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Ozil ? Against Watford? Why? To be bullied off the ball? Ozil will be perfect to lead in The Cariboo cup. Ozil had 1 good season out of 6 and people still living under his marketing image.

myrtle
myrtle

I’d even argue that he played better for Germany in his WC ‘flop’ than he has in his last 90% of games here. Remember him setting up at least 3 on a plate against South Korea for Hummels especially to punt over.

Martin
Martin

Don’t talk nonsense. For the first 4 years he was was one of the most creative players in the country. He still holds the record fo the fastest 50 assists in the Premier League. Yes he has become inconsistent but there is no need to rewrite history. You have a short nemory

hustle6
hustle6

Pogba was not allowed to leave Man U due to the huge advertising campaign Adidas had invested in him at Man U.

In NBA Lebron was not allowed to give AD his jersey number due to the advertising campaign nike had him involved in.

Ozil’s loss of form and ability coupled with his questionable mentality has lost his place in the team. This can be seen as “sad” by some. I myself do not share such sympathy to a guy treating playing for Arsenal like going on a casual Bingo night once a month -if that.

BUT! -Maybe Ozil is aware he is past his prime and would happily move to somewhere at his level where he could regain some sort of dignity and maybe even form on the pitch, but he is being locked in at arsenal by Adidas.

He’s a huge Adidas model and obviously we’re in the midst of a big Adidas PR storm at Arsenal. I’m sure he could be contracted to not leave.

Further testament to this is that all our permanent signings this summer have been Adidas players and even Reiss changed to Adidas sponsorship.

I’m gonna let up on Ozil it’s not his fault his career is coming to an end and he might as well grab up as much of that Adidas money he can get.

DC United are an Adidas sponsored team who could use him for their advertising campaign in January though…so he could still rake in his Adidas money elsewhere.

Modern football ay?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Nah, We need Ozil for the upcoming important games in carabao cup and EL games vs Vitoria home & away.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Away? You’ve got to be joking

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Ceballos in….please

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

Re: Xhaka, might be a good coincidence for all involved; takes him out of the firing line after a high profile mistake without him losing face and gives others in the team a chance.

I think Guendouzi is the logical heir of that pivot/point guard spot.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Guendouzi is the logical hair.

GoonerUpNorth
GoonerUpNorth

Point guard? This isn’t fucking basketball mate.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

I’m well aware which sport it is, thank you. However, the roles are functionally similar: drop deep, pick up the ball in your own half, turn, drive forward, beat the press and distribute.

Get out of your basement and broaden your horizons, mate. Might lighten your disposition.

hustle6
hustle6

Innit Santi may be the best Point Guard we ever had.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Or Cesc🤐

GoonerUpNorth
GoonerUpNorth

Regardless, in football it’s called center midfield.

Theenge
Theenge

hairy heir, anyone?

Richie

Ozil is one mighty hell of a quarterback y’all.

Foladayo
Foladayo

Calum or Luiz can be used or should be a preferred dm to solve Arsenal’s defensive problem.

Dom47
Dom47

I fully agree, think that should have been a way to go vs lpool, luiz as DM and calum as cb. Instead we got that shitshow.

Aubamegooooal
Aubamegooooal

After the Switzerland – Gibraltar game Xhaka gave an interview to the Swiss TV saying that he was having issues with his achilles tendon for several weeks now und that he probably aggreviated it a bit. He then claimed that he wasn’t seriously injured though. It’s hard to know what that really means but my guess is that he’ll sit out the Watford game and then returns.

Jai
Jai

Returns? Why on earth would he just magically “return”?

Aubamegooooal
Aubamegooooal

Maybe return wasn’t the right choice of words as I’m not a native speaker (thus understanding his interview in swiss-german). I meant being back in contention for a starting place in the team. Whether that is something we want to happen or not is whole other story.

Dom47
Dom47

Would be good if xhaka is injured. Ugly thing to say and want to someone but he really does not contribute atm, and him not accepting that his mistake cost us 2 points against the spuds really shows his loser character.

Would rather see Torreira, Guen and Ceba get more game time. Even Ozil, if we have him, use him.

Prakhar
Prakhar

Someone quickly needs to nail Xhaka’s place in the starting lineup. Sad injury though.

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

Time to bring in Chambers and Willock alongside Guendouzi. Ceballos behind front three..wow

Emyrates
Emyrates

Chambers? What
He played dm for a related side. Torreira takes his slot with guendoozwillock and ceballos

Goonerink

played dm for a relegated side, and was their player of the season hands down.
with fan favourites sessignon(sp) mitrovic and ryan babel in the team.

he is a good choice vs an out of form side, its not like we are playing city.

we bought holding the season he was voted player of the season at bolton.
also the same season they were relegated to league 1 ….what a complete waste of time ey emyrates?

Mpls
Mpls

Against Watford?

I don’t see Emery ever using an extra defender on the field in a DM position unless we’re in total injury crisis mode.

For me, Chambers is a CB and should continue developing as a ball-playing CB.

None of this bottom half 8 defenders on the field stuff. This is the Arsenal!

Santori
Santori

It would be a stupid and naive move by an armchair enthusiast.

Throw someone into the deep end will be an emergency(desperate) solution only

You would rather go for some chemistry already establish so there are less surprises.

Playing for a relegation side very different from the way we play and the space we have to concede going forward.

Players also need to be familiar with each other all things aside.

I would think the fidget spinner rotating 3 in Cebellos-Guendouzi-Willock we used in opening game a better (and far more sensible) option.

Alas some people completely clueless and think its like FIFA.

Richie

Story doing the rounds yesterday that Xhaka has requested time off in mid October as his wife is due to give birth to their first baby. We play Bournemouth on the 6th, and Sheffield United on 21st, so he may not actually miss any game time for us. The crucial match for him will be Switzerland v Ireland on 15th October.

KingKolo
KingKolo

Maitland-Niles can play in midfield. It’s an unpopular opinion but I think he might be good enough to play for Arsenal in midfield. Diaby (and loads others) had to play on the left wing. Imagine we had an injury crisis and he had to play there for two years at the start of his career. The fact he has managed to deputise pretty well for so long should show us not that he lacks focus but that he must be extremely focussed to learn a brand new role for one of the best teams in the league at 21-22 years old. He is phenomenally quick something none of our midfielders have. He is a strong stand up tackler who has rarely been booked at RB something we could do with in midfield. He is a good one-touch player. And I think has underrated passing ability.

Of course, so many people disagree it’s a tough argument to make. After all Sanchez Watt is now a semi-pro at 28 and not many would have called that when he was a youngster coming through.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Yes, yes, yes, yes. Here here. He bossed AW’s last game at Old Trafford from CM.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

KingKolo keenly observed, but who would fill in at RB?

truj
truj

In other news: Our Micki is on fire against Bosnia.

The Far Post
The Far Post

Please let him continue to do well… it would be good for all involved.

Guendoezit!
Guendoezit!

Hopefully Xhaka would’ve fully recovered in time for the January transfer window.

Chrispy
Chrispy

As a precaution, Xhaka should stay in the physios room….. for the entire length of his contract.

Santori
Santori

Granit performs a critical function for us.

Against Spurs he made (7amkick off will tell you this) 8 headed intercepts around the midway line to keep the ball from lofted into Son and Kane just behind ready to pounce on our porous cbacks.

The one challenge he missed was complicated by Sokratis having a rush to the head, joining him and vacating space behind for Son to attack the hapless Sideshowbob band aid we panic bought.

Also Granit’s distribution from deep or ability to switch us flank to flank evident particularly in that superb disguised ball to Pepe late in game creating a sudden one on one with LLoris.

None of this of course will be mentioned by the facile analysis by his many detractors who prefer to knee jerk criticise rather than watch the games for what they are.

Against Liverpool (some were calling him a waning influence), he provided 2 of the best attacking moments for us working the ball out from deep through congestion to set up with long passes opportunties for both Pepe and Auba on the break, both ending in one on ones with the keeper.

Also conveniently left out, he provided the intercept that led to the Torreira goal.

Had it been the other way around, the same people will be crowing about the Torreira intercept and downplay (not mention) the Granit goal.

Santori
Santori

As far as options for us go,

I suppose if we have worried on BOTH Granit and Torreira, it may mean we may have to revert to the high energy FIDGET SPINNER rotating 3 in midfield which we used against newcastle for the opener.

Cebellos- Guendouzi-Willock

Part of the inclusion of Cebellos this summer I felt was BOTH his abilities to replicate the departing Ramsey’s late runs into the box higher up BUT also his abilities in keeping ball further back and working through congestion.

In that, we have lacked this ability since Santi got injured many seasons past.

Cebellos is no Santi (yet) but he has tidy feet as atypical of Spanish players and provides a better ability for us to work the ball out from midfield without recourse to playing deep near our box or having to lump it down the flanks under pressure.

Its still IMO work in progress but if Cebellos and GUendouzi can find each other better, work out some of the riskier moments to avoid being dispossessed (as they have), we will have a good functioning system built on unpredictability of 3 players who can take turns to fall deep or push higher in support.

Willock has been the bonus this season, an unexpected improvement from academy to add another player in that can provide high energy work. His endeavor going forward through feet none too shabby either even if he will have his predictable naive moments. BUT the lad is a strong competitor.

Hope we get to see them function together against Watford.

The only other issue I feel we will be at risk of without Granit is aerial presence.

We have been shorn of authority in the air without Mustafi (despite other short comings he brought, he was a strong competitor in aerial clearances)

Which is partially a reason why Leno came out more to claim the ball against Spurs (having not done so as much in prior games)

Granit as a third wheel in defense in more conservative positioning tends to hover around the half way line or drop deeper with the Cbacks to cover crosses. his cover against Set pieces (with his added height) also critical.

I’m not sure Guendouzi or Cebellos or Willock are at moment anywhere as competitive as Granit in providing this cover which may mean exposure to Cbacks in absence of say Holding returning to the fold.

That would be grounds for concern when defending against a double threat of Welbeck and Deeney.

Vision
Vision

Laca

Auba Pepe
Ozil
Ceballos Guendouzi
Kola Luiz Sokratis Niles
Leno

This lineup should be experimented upon.
Once Tierney, Bellerin and Marvropanos return they can improve this lineup.