Emery: Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again

“After the international break I am going to speak again with him,” said Emery

By PA Media

Last Updated: 08/11/19 11:26pm

Xhaka has been absent for Arsenal's last three matches

Xhaka has been absent for Arsenal's last three matches

Xhaka has been absent for Arsenal’s last three matches

Unai Emery admits Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal and revealed conversations have taken place over whether he should be sold in January.

The midfielder has been absent for the last three matches after telling supporters to “f*** off” as he was jeered as he was substituted during a draw against Crystal Palace last month.

Emery, having later stripped Xhaka of the captaincy, confirmed he had taken the decision for him to sit out Saturday’s game at Leicester after conversations between the pair ended with the 27-year-old declaring he was unavailable.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident against Palace, the club offered counselling to a player who Emery described as “devastated, sad and very down”.

"We know we need that quality and that player," said Emery of Xhaka

"We know we need that quality and that player," said Emery of Xhaka

“We know we need that quality and that player,” said Emery of Xhaka

He will now miss what could be a key game at Leicester as Emery stated he had taken the call to once again leave him out.

“Not yet,” Emery replied when asked if Xhaka was ready to feature at the King Power Stadium.

“I spoke with him on Tuesday about how he’s feeling now and how he is in his mind. 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.

Leicester vs Arsenal

November 9, 2019, 5:00pm

Live on

“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.”

Pushed on whether Xhaka may never play for Arsenal again, he added: “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.”

1:25 Unai Emery says Arsenal’s game against Leicester is a ‘good opportunity’ to get his side back on track in the Premier League
Unai Emery says Arsenal’s game against Leicester is a ‘good opportunity’ to get his side back on track in the Premier League

Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the club may try and move Xhaka on in the winter transfer window to alleviate what could potentially become a long-term problem.

And Emery did little to quell the speculation when it was put to him whether the club had spoken about a possible move.

“Yes, I asked that question,” he said. “The club knows the player’s decision at the moment and my decision or my idea about that situation and the circumstances.

“We are now a little weaker without him in that position because we have one less player in that position.

0:45 Granit Xhaka is paying the price for a ‘mad 30 seconds’ after being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, says Paul Merson
Granit Xhaka is paying the price for a ‘mad 30 seconds’ after being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, says Paul Merson

“I am not thinking about that because we are in November and we are going to play a lot of matches in November and December. We cannot change him in that two months.

“I need to be focused on the match tomorrow with the players we have, and then after the international break I am going to speak again with him.

“The club is speaking also with him and we are going to decide each moment how he is and how I am thinking for how we are to use him.”

How to watch Leicester vs Arsenal

Watch Leicester vs Arsenal live on Saturday Night Football from 5pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event; Kick-off 5.30pm.

Non-subscribers can watch the game through NOW TV – get a Sky Sports Day Pass for a one-off payment of £9.99.

Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Soccer Saturday Super 6

FREE TO PLAY: Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 jackpot for the fifth time this year!

Source

Leave Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *