Newcastle United fans react to Granit Xhaka transfer link

Granit Xhaka

AnalysisGranit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal – but how much of this saga could have been avoided

That could suit all sides as Arsenal could move on a player that has been frozen out until they are better able to sell in the summer.

While Arsenal have struggled to convince on the field, Emery's mishandling of the captaincy situation which saw him forced to demote Granit Xhaka last week has reportedly caused divisions in the dressing room. Xhaka will be omitted from Arsenal's squad for the fourth-game running on Saturday after talks with Emery in which the Swiss midfielder confirmed he is not in the right frame of mind to play. They absolutely adore the likes of Sean and Matty Longstaff, and also have Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey, so even the Geordies don't want the Arsenal man.

With on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos also injured and unavailable, Emery said Xhaka was not in his plans but Mesut Ozil - who has played only twice in the league this season - was in contention.

Xhaka was involved in an angry altercation with the club's fans when substituted during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Xhaka, who joined the Gunners in 2016 from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee in the region of £30 million, will ask to leave the club in January.

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"Every player will support every captain and we are going to support him as first captain because he took a step ahead to take that responsibility". "We have now Aubameyang, Hector, Lacazette and Ozil - they are the four captains, and first is now Aubameyang", he had added. I needed to take one decision, and now it is closed.

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