Arsenal

Xhaka injury, AFCON duty for Partey and Elneny – Arteta to call upon ex-wonderkid to solve midfield woes

After suffering a major damage to his medial knee ligament, Granit Xhaka has been declared out for three months.
On Tuesday evening, a medical evaluation in London determined that Xhaka does not require surgery, the club revealed on their website on Wednesday morning.

Of course, this leaves Mikel Arteta short in the midfield, but the Gunners are well-equipped to deal with the scenario as it stands.
In the center of midfield, Arteta has Albert Sambi Lokonga, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to choose from, but that will all change in January.

Partey and Elneny are poised to represent Ghana and Egypt, respectively, in the African Cup of Nations in January, leaving Arsenal further shorter in midfield.
Despite the fact that Xhaka is expected to be back in time for the AFCON, it is asking a lot of the Switzerland international to play every week due to Arteta’s lack of choices.

As a result, football.london takes a closer look at some of the free agent alternatives available to Arteta to bolster his midfield options.

Wilshere
With Wilshere still adored at the Emirates Stadium, this would be a popular option among the majority of Arsenal fans.

The former England international has been without a club since leaving AFC Bournemouth in the summer, but Arteta, a former Arsenal teammate, recently invited him back to training.
“He is someone I know who I shared the dressing room with, who is so liked around the club with everyone here, and our doors are always open,” Arsenal manager said.