Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

11.36 9 Nov 2019


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Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits the club may sell their former captain Granit Xhaka in the upcoming January transfer window. 

The Swiss midfielder has not played in the Gunners' last three games after telling his won supporters to "f*** off" when he was jeered while being subbed in their draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Xhaka has since been stripped of the captaincy and he won't be involved in this evening's match against top-four rivals Leicester.

"I spoke with him on Tuesday about how he's feeling now and how he is in his mind," Emery said at the pre-match press conference.

"He's working well, he's training well, but he said to me that he's not feeling good enough at the moment to play. We are going to wait.

"It's my decision. 100 per cent. But first I need to speak to him because he's a person, our player and I want to know how he is feeling now. And then I decide."

Emery says he'd like to keep the player but knows a winter exit is likely:

"As a coach I have a responsibility for the team. We need a player like Granit Xhaka.

"But also, I don't know if he's going to play again. I don't know, because if he is available in his mind to continue helping us and continuing defending the Arsenal shirt, I think time is giving us that solution.

"And then, if I decide he is in the group with us, if he is ready and 100 per cent in his mind with the decision to help us and to play with his quality helping us. Because we know we need that quality and that player."


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