On the day that he was stripped off of the captaincy, midfielder Granit Xhaka has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for Vitoria Guimaraes tie.
The Swiss midfielder was informed on Tuesday that he will no longer lead the club with Emery appointing Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his new captain; the move coming after Xhaka’s outburst in a game against Crustal Palace last month.
Emery, who has omitted Xhaka for the third game running, said on Tuesday: “I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he is not one of the captains in our group. I decided that and I told him this morning.
The Future of Arsenal
Asked if the midfielder will play for the club again, the Spaniard said: “The future is Arsenal's club future with the players we have here and the coaches we have here (in Guimaraes).
“We need time, he is one of our players and we want to respect and protect him and also continue in our way. At the moment he is not in the group but my decision is as I say to you.”
Xhaka's current contract runs until 2023 though he faces a major battle to recover having alienated supporters and now lost the armband.
📋 Our travelling squad for tomorrow's game against Vitoria is now confirmed— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 5, 2019