Friday, 1 March 2019

Unai Emery delivers Arsenal update on Granit Xhaka

Unai Emery delivers an update on Granit Xhaka after Arsenal's 5-1 win over Bournemouth

Unai Emery has revealed that Granit Xhaka missed Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday night simply because he was rested.

The midfielder was not in the squad as Arsenal secured a thumping victory over Eddie Howe’s side to continue their push for a top-four finish this season.

Goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette handed Arsenal all three points as they stayed in fourth place in the table.

However, Xhaka was not involved, and Emery revealed after the game why the Switzerland international did not make the squad for Wednesday’s game.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Wednesday about Xhaka, Emery said: “Yeah he’s OK. Today he was rested.”

Emery also gave an update about Sead Kolasinac, who was substituted in the 57th minute against Bournemouth.

He said: “Kolasinac has been having a problem in his muscular and sometimes he’s telling us to rest some matches, some minutes.

“The first half, he finished it well, but in the dressing room he said he can continue but he was feeling some pain.

“He [could] continue, but I prefer to change him for rest and also he played Sunday with a big intensity. Today we can do the change and carry on with another player.”

Arsenal will now turn their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.

Emery has been tasked with steering Arsenal back into the top four this season after they finished in sixth place last term under Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea FC can move level on points with Arsenal if they win their game in hand over the Gunners.

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