Granit Xhaka will remain sidelined until after the next Interlull at least after he informed Unai Emery that he’s not ready to play yet.
The Swiss international was stripped of the captaincy this week after his outburst against the fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 27th, but despite taking part in training it seems as if he’s not in the right frame of mind to make a contribution on the pitch.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s crucial encounter with Leicester, the Arsenal boss confirmed the 27 year old would not make the trip to the King Power.
Asked if he’d be brought back into the fold, Emery said, “Not yet. I spoke with him.
“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.”
With Dani Ceballos ruled out with a hamstring strain, it leaves the Gunners a little light in central midfield, although Emery does have Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock to call on, while Mesut Ozil’s return from footballing Siberia provides a bit more depth depending on the formation we play.
Whether Xhaka will feel ready after the Interlull remains to be seen, while speculation over his future at the club has begun with suggestions of a January move to Newcastle making headlines earlier today.