The captaincy furore: Unai Emery admits Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career may be OVER after outburst
Unai Emery bemoaned the catalogue of problems that have plagued Arsenal’s season as he admitted Granit Xhaka may not play for the club again.
The captaincy furore, sparked by Xhaka’s bust-up with supporters against Crystal Palace which led to him being losing the armband, is the latest in a line of issues that have disrupted Emery’s plans.
Arsenal’s start to the campaign had already been overshadowed by Laurent Koscielny’s shock pre-season strike and Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac being victims of an attempted car-jacking.
According to Emery, they have all been major factors in why Arsenal head to in-form Leicester under pressure after winning just one of their last six games and in danger of ending the weekend nine points off the top four.
Emery said: ‘I’m not really disappointed with our work [this season].
‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve best emotional balance because with that, best performance, best emotional balance.
‘For the supporters, they have seen that their team needs more to improve to achieve the best results.
‘I want to say to them, they must have patience and in some circumstances they did not help us but we are trying to achieve the best emotional balance with the players.
‘Ozil circumstances, Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny circumstance and, remember also, that if he was here that the captain would be Laurent Koscielny and that would give us no problem.
Then also, Xhaka’s circumstance. Xhaka will be omitted from Arsenal’s squad for the fourth-game running on Saturday after talks with Emery in which the Swiss midfielder confirmed he is not in the right frame of mind to play.
Emery said: ‘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.
‘The captaincy furore: Unai Emery admits Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career may be OVER after outburst