Unai Emery has revealed that he does he’s unsure whether or not Granit Xhaka will play for Arsenal again following the midfielder’s outburst against the club’s supporters last month.
Xhaka released a statement four days after the incident at the Emirates explaining his actions but it did not save him from keeping the captaincy with Emery revealing last week that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the new club captain.
There have been reports linking the 26-year-old with a return to the Bundesliga and Emery refused to confirm whether or not his long-term future lies in north London.
‘‘As a coach, I have a responsibility for the team. We need a player like Granit Xhaka,’’ Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s game against Leicester.
‘‘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.’’
Xhaka is said to be considering his future ahead of the January transfer window after Emery’s decision to remove the responsibility of club captain from him.
According to Emery, the former Borussia Monchengladbach player is not in the right mindset to play for Arsenal following what happened against Crystal Palace and asked to be excluded from the squad against Leicester which will mean Xhaka has missed four games back-to-back.
‘‘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,’’ Emery said on Friday.