Unai Emery opens up Granit Xhaka talks ahead of Southampton clash

Unai Emery opens up Granit Xhaka talks ahead of Southampton clash

Following his spat with Arsenal fans, manager Unai Emery has said he wants Granit Xhaka to move on from the incident and fight his way back into the first-team. 

Xhaka is yet to feature for Arsenal since he gestured at fans and told them to "f*** off" as he was substituted during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.

The Swiss midfielder recently admitted he could not accept what has happened to him, and wants talks with the club regarding his future.

Speaking ahead of the Southampton clash, Emery lifted the lid on talks with Xhaka, "He has come back better, his mindset now is to help us, and to be closer to playing when we need him. 

"I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation. He was training very well before the international break and he trained very well today.

"My objective hasn't changed. I want him to come back, with him helping us and convincing every supporter of his commitment to us.

Long future

"His performances are going to be better and we are going to be proud of him in an Arsenal shirt. He will have a long future with us - that is my objective and I am going to work for that.

"He feels that Arsenal are his team now. He wants to come back, to have the confidence of our supporters. We are going to decide when, but I think little by little we can help him to come back and to connect again with us and with our supporters.

"I want to give him confidence, ensure that he is comfortable and can connect with our supporters perform well and be strong with them."