Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that troubled midfielder Granit Xhaka still has a future at the club and will be considered for selection in the Gunners upcoming fixture against Southampton.
Xhaka has yet to feature for the North London side since his confrontation with the club’s supporters at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
The Swiss midfielder was booed whilst being substituted which triggered the 27-year-old, who responded by cupping his ears and swearing at the section of fans who were jeering him.
He threw the captain’s armband to the floor and quickly took the Arsenal shirt off before storming into the changing rooms.
Following the incident, Emery had no choice but to strip Xhaka from captaincy, which was then handed over to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Swiss international posted an explanation on social media citing his anger at threats to his family to cause the trigger to his verbal assault on the fans.
It has been reported that the enigmatic midfielder has been house hunting in Italy as rumours to a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window strengthened.
Odds for Granit Xhaka’s Next Club
3/1- AC Milan
10/1- Borussia Monchengladbach
12/1- West Ham
12/1- Atletico Madrid
The midfielder is 1/1 to leave the club but the bookies think that the likelihood of the former captain staying is higher, with the odds of him staying at Arsenal being set at 8/11.
Xhaka still harbours some feelings over the way the Gunners handled the situation, especially the decision to strip him from captaincy, but is ready to make amends and move on.
The deep-lying playmaker was selected for Switzerland for the international break and scored in a 6-1 win over Gibraltar to help confirm his country’s spot in next years European championships.
Emery is willing to do the same as Xhaka and has stated that the midfielder’s mindset is becoming better over the coming days and thus, is going to consider the midfielder for selection.
The Gunners have been struggling this season under the Spaniard with Xhaka being one of the mainstays in the side prior to the incident against the Eagles.
Arsenal sit in 6th place in the Premier League but are well adrift of a top-four place currently. Only three points will do for the supporters especially considering the poor form of their opponents.
The Saints are currently in 19th place, just one point ahead of Norwich and have lost four of their last five league matches.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher calls on the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner in the upcoming...
Massimiliano Allegri confirms he will be back in management in September with Manchester United heavily linked with the Italian
Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be back in management in September at an event in Paris, which will put...
Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette refutes rumours that he will leave the club in the summer
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has given a huge hint on his future by stating that the rumours that he will...
Bayern Munich monitoring Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer
Bayern Munich have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer. The Brazil...
Gary Neville heaps praise on Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and claims he is a Premier League great
Former Manchester United defender turned pundit Gary Neville has given praise to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has suggested that...
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is reportedly wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan but are not happy with the...
Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech reveals boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge
Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has revealed that boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge....
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and could miss the Euros
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that striker Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and...
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s future uncertain after bust-up with manager Mikel Arteta
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is fighting to stay at the club after being involved in a bust-up with manager Mikel...
Arsenal and Manchester United set to battle it out for £50m-rated defender Dayot Upamecano
Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out in the upcoming summer transfer window for £50m-rated RB Leipzig...