Mikel Arteta hopes that Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka can avoid surgery after he suffered a knee injury during their North London Derby win last weekend. Xhaka collided with Lucas Moura and has been ruled out for three months. Arteta heaped praise on his mentality and is sure that he will come back to his best soon.
“It’s a significant injury but he probably escaped an even worse injury that he could have had.” Mikel Arteta said about Granit Xhaka. “His mentality is top – he knows what he needs to do now. Hopefully, he can escape surgery, which is really important. After that, it’s about preparing himself in the best possible way because time flies.”
Arsenal takes on Brighton who has had a superb start to their Premier League season. They are currently in fourth place, four points above Arsenal. Arteta was insistent that the Gunners need to look ahead after the brilliant performance in the derby.
“Obviously it’s a special match to win in front of your fans – and we did it in a convincing way to get the result that we wanted,” Arteta added. “Enjoy it for a little while, but now put that game aside and all of our focus should now be on Brighton. We experienced a beautiful day with our people and we want another one after Brighton. The best way to do that is to just focus on that game because there were things that we should improve as well from the Spurs game.”