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What's the latest on Smith Rowe and Xhaka?

Emile Smith Rowe

Is Emile Smith Rowe fit to face Everton? And how is Granit Xhaka return to fitness progressing?

Mikel Arteta was asked for an update on the pair ahead of Monday night's game against Everton at Goodison Park - and this is what he said:

on Emile Smith Rowe's fitness...
He had some discomfort during the game and we decided to take him off. He's been evolving well over the last few days, so we have to wait until tomorrow to see how he is.

on the latest on Granit Xhaka...
He is progressing well, he is doing all the right things and he's feeling better but no more news on that. It's very positive because the evolution he is doing is great, he is partially training with the team and he is heading in the right direction.

on whether Xhaka could return in time for Monday...
This week he has progressed again to a different level, and tomorrow we will assess how he is, have a conversation with him and decide when is the best moment to start to give him some exposure in games.

on how much of a boost his return would be...
Yes, it will be and we miss him, he is one of our leaders, one of the senior players who adds something very valuable to the team and hopefully we can have him back soon.

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