Unai Emery Drops Granit Xhaka Ahead of Wolves Clash

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that captain Granit Xhaka will not be part of the matchday squad when the Gunners go against Wolves in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Xhaka gave an explanation to why he gestured towards fans and swore at them, after he was jeered as he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Emery suggested the midfielder will not be in the squad to face Wolves but did not confirm whether 27-year-old would remain as the club captain.

“The first is the person, the human. Like everyone he feels, Xhaka, with his issues, needs time to recover normality,” Emery said.

“He said sorry, he gave the apology to the supporters and to everybody. Now is the focus on the match.

“We were waiting on Monday and Tuesday (to sort out the captaincy).

“It is not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. I am thinking tomorrow he is not going to play.

“Now we need to be focused 100 per cent only on the match. We are going to do the training today but at the moment it is not in my mind.

“I want to speak about the players who are going to play.”