Unai Emery admits Granit Xhaka may have played final game for Arsenal after fan bust-up | Football | Sport
Granit Xhaka could have played his last game for Arsenal after being stripped of the captaincy.
That’s according to Unai Emery.
Xhaka was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as club captain after a furious exchange with fans.
The Swiss midfielder was involved in an exchange with fans after being substituted against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
Xhaka was claimed to have sworn at Gunners supporters, before ripping off his shirt and storming down the tunnel.
And now, Emery has admitted he has spoken to Xhaka over his future.
“Not yet,” he replied when asked if Xhaka will return to the team this weekend.
“I spoke with him on Tuesday for how he is feeling now and his mind because he is working well and training well but he said he can’t play at the moment and we are going to wait.”
Aubameyang was named as club captain earlier this week, becoming the third man to take the armband in recent months.
Laurent Koscielny was captain during the summer, before refusing to join the team for their pre-season tour of America.
And Emery revealed what he wants from whoever holds the armband.
“Yes, he is the captain. Above all, I can remember how were doing that process because last year the captains were Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal,” he continued.
“They left the team and Koscielny left at the last moment. In that process, I decided and used the characteristics to pick that captain so started with Xhaka.
“He has the quality to be captain but after that issue (vs Crystal Palace) I decided to choose Aubameyang. Aubameyang is first, second is Hector Bellerin, third is Alexandre Lacazette and fourth is Mesut Ozil.
“Aubameyang is first because he is experienced and he has the respect of the dressing room. He was the top scorer last year in the league and I know he needs time to take that responsibility 100% but we will support him.
“Every player will support every captain and we are going to support him as first captain because he took a step ahead to take that responsibility.”