Almost 48 hours after the incident which saw Granit Xhaka storm from the Emirates pitch in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, there has been no word from the Swiss international about what happened.
Regardless of what you think about the treatment he got, his behaviour was at odds with the role of Arsenal captain.
Today, in a press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup game with Liverpool tomorrow, Unai Emery says the 27 year old is ‘devastated’, understands that he was wrong, and that he suggested he apologise for his actions.
To date, that apology has not been forthcoming, despite the club’s attempts to make it happen in a series of meetings and phone calls since Sunday evening.
“He is now devastated, sad,” said Emery via Football London. “We spoke yesterday and Sunday night and this morning.
“He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. He is sad about that situation.
“His commitment is great every time. He wants to help. His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really, he knows he was wrong.
“When we make individually some mistakes we need to make some apologies. We’ve suggested he do that.
“First is to recover him … we want him to be close with our supporters.”
“He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.
However, when pressed whether Xhaka would retain the captaincy, Emery was tight-lipped.
“At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that,” he said.
“The first is for him to recover. We cannot anticipate the circumstance because I we are going to play a match on Wednesday, on Saturday and I prefer to keep moving, taking each step, and taking the best decision possible.
“First is to recover him.”
The Arsenal boss also made it clear he feels the midfielder was the right man for the job when he eventually gave it to him officially.
“I explained why I decided that,” he said. “He has the values, he has the respect in the dressing room, he has experience and he is captain of his national team.
“He has the conditions to be the captain. I decided that and the players respect that. He was wrong on Sunday and he also got wrong the response on Sunday, as a captain.
There was also no indication of any disciplinary action taken against him, if any.
Xhaka will not be in the squad for the trip to Anfield, although he was always due to miss this game, but it’s a situation which requires greater clarity than this ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game with Wolves.