Granit Xhaka will not be making a return to the Gunners first team in their game against Leicester City.
The midfielder has not played for the club since he swore at fans in their game against Crystal Palace. He was stripped of the club’s captaincy as a result of the incident. He has not been seen in an Arsenal shirt since then.
Emery was asked about the Swiss midfielder’s availability for the game against the Foxes. The Spaniard confirmed he will be missing for the fourth game running although he has been training all week.
‘Not yet,’ Emery replied when asked if Xhaka was ready to return, according to the Metro.
‘I spoke with him on Tuesday for how he is feeling now and his mind because he is training well, but he said to me he can’t play. We are going to wait.’
Xhaka’s future at the club has been thrown into doubt and the midfielder may be on his way out in the next transfer window.
While Arsenal hasn’t confirmed if he would stay beyond this transfer window, it would take a lot of work for Xhaka to win back the support of the fans.
It cannot be a surprise to anyone that he is not playing against the Foxes. We have no idea what his mental or emotional state is. In fact, we really have no idea what the players and management position is on his return.
This is a mess and the sooner it is resolved the better it is for everyone, especially Xhaka.