Unai Emery rules out Granit Xhaka return vs Leicester

No Xhaka again this weekend

Unai Emery has revealed that midfielder Granit Xhaka will not return to the Arsenal squad when they face Leicester this weekend.

The Swiss midfielder has been in the middle of a PR storm over the past two weeks.

Xhaka was accused of swearing at the Arsenal fans, after they jeered him during a substitution.

That led to a lengthy statement from the player, before he was stripped of the captaincy this week.

Xhaka has also missed all of Arsenal’s recent games, including clashes with Wolves and Vitoria SC.

Now, he’s set to miss another game, according to Unai Emery.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after being substituted off during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Xhaka rules himself out

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Leicester, Emery has revealed that Xhaka does not want to play this weekend.

As a result, the Gunners will have to wait another week to potentially see him again.

‘I spoke with him on Tuesday for how he is feeling now and his mind because he is working and training well but he said to me it isn’t enough at the moment to play and we are going to wait,’ Emery explained, as quoted by the Mail.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the man chosen as Arsenal’s new captain, and Emery has also spoken out on his appointment.

‘He [Aubameyang] has experience and the respect in the dressing room,’ the Spaniard continued.

‘He was the top scorer last year in the Premier League and also I know he needs time to take that responsibility 100 per cent but we are going to support them.

‘We are going to support him as the first captain because he also did one step ahead to achieve or take that responsibility.’

 

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