Unai Emery gives coy four-word response on when Granit Xhaka will return to Arsenal team | Football | Sport


Arsenal drew 1-1 with Wolves at The Emirates, and were without club captain Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder was left out of the team after last Sunday’s controversial substitution.

Xhaka was taken off in the second-half of Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, and was jeered by supporters as he walked off the pitch.

In reply, he waved his hands to antagonise the home fans, before ripping his shirt off and walking straight down the tunnel.

And it could be some time before he returns to the team.

Speaking after yesterday’s draw, Emery was pressed on when fans could expect to see Xhaka return.

He had a short reply, however, and didn’t seem to be wanting to give anything away.

“I don’t know exactly,” was his response.

After Hector Bellerin was handed the armband for the midweek trip to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, many fans were hoping he would keep the captain responsibilities yesterday.

However, Bellerin was named on the substitutes bench, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being named as captain instead.

The striker put in a good performance and scored during the Gunners’ only goal of the game, with fans praising his leadership abilities.

Again, Emery was giving nothing away over the future of the captaincy, but admitted his performance “could” have an impact on who keeps the armband.

“It could do,” he said.

“I think he can take that responsibility and today he did that.

“He is one of the captains and I think he can take that responsibility but we are going to analyse the match first and the situation for the next matches and decide.”

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