Wow! Unai Emery officially announces Arsenal transfer talks have been held as midfielder Xhaka set for winter move!
Unai Emery has revealed that Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for the Gunners, ahead of the January window.
Xhaka’s substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace was greeted by sarcastic cheers and the Gunners captain responded by throwing his arms in the air and cupping his ears and the 27-year-old was then seen mouthing ‘f*** off’ at the home fans before he removed his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.
And that led to the Gunners stripping him of the Captains Armband, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now the club captain. But it could also mean the end of his Arsenal future after Emery admitted that he has spoken to the Arsenal chief about a possible January exit for Xhaka.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
And Emery did little to quell the speculation that Xhaka is heading out the door 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.
“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.”
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