Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted that he is not sure if the former captain Granit Xhaka will play for the club again after being stripped of the captaincy last week
The Swiss international has been involved in a nasty confrontation with the home fans during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month and has not been featuring for Arsenal ever since.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been entrusted with the captain’s armband after the incident, casting doubt on Xhaka’s future in north London.
BREAKING: Unai Emery confirms Granit Xhaka has been replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal captain pic.twitter.com/WB6deoRbLb— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 5, 2019
Although he was expected to return to the fold for their Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, the 27-year-old will not be in the squad after insisting on his omission.
Emery will have some big decisions to make when his side take on third-placed Foxes, as the Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos will not be able to contribute after picking up an injury during midweek’s Europa League clash against Vitoria Guimaraes.
“We need a player like Granit Xhaka. But also, I don’t know if he’s going to play again,” the Spanish manager said in the build-up to their weekend’s trip to the King Power Stadium, as revealed by Reuters.
“I don’t know if he is available in his mind to continue helping us and continuing defending the Arsenal shirt.”
This sounds like the end of the road for Granit Xhaka.— Goal News (@GoalNews) November 8, 2019
Xhaka’s current situation at the Emirates Stadium indicates that he might not continue wearing the red shirt and instead switch allegiances in January.
However, Emery has refused to confirm the ex-Borussia Monchengladbach man will depart London in the upcoming transfer session.
“We’re going to play a lot of matches in November and December. We cannot change him in those two months.
“The club is speaking with him, and we’re going to decide how he is and how I’m thinking we use him.”
Emery has also admitted that the out-of-sorts midfielder Mesut Ozil might return to action after registering just two top-flight appearances this season.
“(Ozil) is training well and I think he is now being consistent in the training, he is also helping and being positive. I am thinking he has a possibility to play tomorrow.”