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Emery planning Xhaka comeback

by Koolkola

Unai Emery is set to make the decision of Xhaka’s involvement against Southampton. In his presser, he said that he would make the decision on the midfielder today.

The midfielder has not featured for the side since that outburst of his at the Emirates against Crystal Palace. Rumours of him moving in January has also filled the internet space with a host of clubs being pointed as his next destination.

However, Emery has said it that his priority is finding a way back for Granit.

“He is coming back better in his mind, his mindset is better to help us and to be closer to playing when we need him,” Emery said on Thursday.

“I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation.

“He trained very well before the international break and he trained very well this morning.

“My objectives don’t change from when I spoke to you before.

“My objective is going to be his comeback to help us and convince every supporter of his commitment with us and his performances will be better and they will be proud of him in the short or long future with us.

“That is my objective, and what I am working towards.”

Although Xhaka’s latest comments might suggest a player that is ready to jump ship, however, Emery insists the midfielder is focused on bouncing back.

“He is feeling better and also feeling that his team is Arsenal now,” he said.

“He wants to come back with confidence with the supporters, and we are going to decide. But I think little by little we can help him come back and connect with us and our supporters.

He added: “We are going to decide tomorrow [if he’s in the squad] but I want to do that comeback, give him confidence and make him comfortable. And when we can connect with our supporters with a good moment and a good performance and being strong with them.”

An injury to Dani Ceballos means that Arsenal are one man short in the midfield already, and this might mean the return of Xhaka.

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