Last Sunday's North London derby ended in Arsenal Basking in glory in yet another derby wins over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium. That league win has given the gunners more confidence to dream more of improving their league's form after a shaky start to the new season. However, as reported and published on LiveScore News, Arsenal will now miss their key Midfielder in Grant Xhaka, who was forced off in the closing stage of the game after Lucas Moura clumsily clattered on the Swiss international, and ultimately led to his replacement in the 82-minute.
His injury will be a huge loss for Mikel Arteta, as the Swiss international stellar performance against the lilywhites is a reminder of Arsenal was right to not sanction the reported move to AS Roma in the summer. In the same vein, it means some other Arsenal players will have to set up and make use of this lengthy miss. In this article, SiRKinGsEliTe has identified three Arsenal players that are likely to profit from Grant Xhaka's absence.
The former Anderlecht captain, no doubt will have a huge impact at the Emirates provided he keeps his head down and learn gallantly.
A natural central Midfielder, he can develop further with a very fit and consistent holding midfielder, and will likely partner Thomas Partey in the coming matches as Grant Xhaka recovers.
#2. Maitland Niles
Reportedly forced to stay after appealing to be allowed to leave in the summer, Maitland Niles might be in for more opportunities in Arsenal's shirt and is obviously the deputy for Thomas Partey.
A holding midfielder with versatility in defence and Midfield, he will surely profit from Grant Xhaka's injury. When options are limited, he will always be called up to play alongside Thomas Partey, Lokonga or Martin Odegaard.
#3. Emile Smith Rowe
While the North London derby win had Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe starting together, it may not always be so against other big teams.
Against Burnley in mid September, Martin Odegaard played alongside Thomas Partey as a central Midfielder and may be in for more of the same role as Grant Xhaka remains in the treatment room. That means, that Emile Smith Rowe is likely to continue in the No. 10 role or left forward role in the coming matches.
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