Granit Xhaka asked to be taken off early in Arsenal’s game against Wolves on Saturday evening and it seems he wasn’t the only player to feel ill.

Arsenal players stand around Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on November 12, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal players stand around Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on November 12, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

With barely a minute on the clock, Granit Xhaka got down on his haunches as his face turned a weird shade of grey.

A few minutes delay before the game restarted, the Swiss midfielder tried to push through it, but with just 16 minutes gone, he asked to come off and headed straight down the tunnel.

After the game, Mikel Arteta explained, “He’s fine, he wasn’t feeling good and for Granit to put his hand up and say: ‘I need to come off’. He wasn’t feeling good at all.

“We had a few boys with some tummy issues and obviously we cannot change three or four in the first half, but I’m delighted that we adapted to those circumstances and we managed to win the game.”

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after receiving medical treatment during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after receiving medical treatment during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arteta told Sky Sports that there were “another four players with the same symptoms,” although who they are, we don’t know. They played on, however, and were part of the side that won the game 2-0 thanks to a Martin Odegaard brace.

Asked if there was a sickness bug overnight in the camp, Arteta said, “Not overnight.

“I think it was after the pre-match meal but I didn’t even know about it. And the doctor was trying to get some place sorted, because they weren’t feeling good.”

That, of course, brings back memories of Tottenham’s famous dodgy lasagne except, in this case, it seems it was actually the food that was responsible.

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