Granit Xhaka is ready to make his return against Vitoria on Wednesday. The Gunners captain has not played for the club since abusing his own fans when he was substituted in last month’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Football fans can get Premier League Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Xhaka released a statement explaining his actions, which also saw him cup his ears to supporters and walk straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Bukayo Saka, four days after the incident. Granit Xhaka, who joined Arsenal in 2016, exposed while abuse directed at his wife and daughter sparked his angry outburst.
The 27-year-old has been left out of the last two matchday squads, but boss Unai Emery now appears to be willing to reintegrate him into the team. And Emery is understood to see the Gunners’ Premier League clash at Vitoria as an ideal opportunity for Xhaka to make his return.
Team Arsenal will steps forward into the knockout stages of the competition with a victory in Portugal after winning their first three games. The choice to play Xhaka may not go down well with sections of the Arsenal fan base.
Whether he remains the club’s captain is another question that needs to be answered. Last week, Emery said: “At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that. Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him. His commitment to the club is a great commitment every time.”
“His behavior was perfect in training, with the group, and with the club. He knows he was wrong. He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human.”
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