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Mikel Arteta explains Arsenal sickness outbreak & provides update on Granit Xhaka

The Swiss international was forced into an early departure this evening


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has, on Saturday night, provided an insight into the sickness bug which struck the club ahead of their meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Gunners of course marked their return to action a short time ago.

After watching Manchester City slip to a shock defeat at the hands of Brentford, Arteta and co. made the trip to Molineux, in the knowledge that a victory would see them open up a five-point gap at the Premier League summit heading into the international break.

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And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Arsenal went on to do.

A brace on the part of captain Martin Odegaard proved enough to guide the Gunners to the right side of an eventual 2-0 final scoreline.

One source of concern on an otherwise stellar evening for the visitors to Molineux, though, came on the personnel front.

Inside the opening quarter of an hour, it quickly became clear that Granit Xhaka - afforded his latest start in the middle of the park - was in no fit state to play his part in proceedings.

Mikel Arteta, in turn, opted to replace his midfield fulcrum with Fabio Vieira, sparking altogether understandable concern across the Switzerland fanbase ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup.

Speaking post-match, though, Arsenal’s boss went on to reveal that Xhaka was simply dealing with a bout of illness:

Pressed further on the stomach issues on the red half of north London on Saturday, Arteta went on to add:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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