Why Granit Xhaka misses Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Sean KearnsSunday 29 Dec 2019 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link575Shares Comment Granit Xhaka misses today’s game against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka misses the Gunners’ Premier League clash against Chelsea today through illness.The Switzerland midfielder started in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge as the Gunners earned a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Boxing Day and he was in line to do so again today as the Spaniard’s side welcome the Blues to the Emirates.However, as well as welcoming back Calum Chambers in place of Sokratis, Arteta named Mateo Guendouzi in his starting line-up in place for Xhaka.The move raised some eyebrows given the speculation about Xhaka’s future following reports in Germany that he had agreed to join Hertha Berlin.ADVERTISEMENT🗞 Granit Xhaka misses today’s game due to illness#ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/1kGmv2stLe— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 29, 2019However, Arsenal moved quickly to quash the reports by confirming that Xhaka was missing with illness and Arteta insists the decision has nothing to do with the speculation.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Granit, he was ill the last two days so we couldn’t pick him obviously in the squad,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.And Papa as well he was out with a concussion. And as well we have to rotate a little bit, we need fresh legs as well and we need everyone involved.’‘No, no, no [nothing to do with transfer speculation]. He was totally committed in the last game against Bournemouth. He trained the next day, started to feel bad after the game. So it’s nothing like that.’It was not specified how long the midfielder will be out for but Arteta will be hoping it’s short-term as the Gunners take on rivals Manchester United at the Emirates on New Year’s Day.MORE: Liverpool vs Wolves TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and team newscenter_img Why Granit Xhaka misses Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea Advertisementlast_img