Emery hints at Xhaka return to Arsenal fold for Southampton match

Emery hints at Xhaka return to Arsenal fold for Southampton match

Unai Emery has indicated Granit Xhaka might be in line for a start on Saturday when Arsenal host Southampton in an English Premier League match. 

Xhaka has been missing from Arsenal's last two Premier League matches following an altercation with a section of the club's fans during a Premier League match against Crystal Palace

The Swiss international appeared to tell the fans to "f**k off" after he was booed as he walked off the pitch following substitution in the 61st minute. 

With boos echoing around the stadium from his own fans, Xhaka responded by gesturing then cupping his ears to the crowd before angrily taking off his shirt and walking down the tunnel.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the tie against the Saints, the Spaniard revealed that they will decide on Friday if he will be involved or not. 

"He is feeling better and also feeling that his team is Arsenal now. 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. We are going to decide tomorrow 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,"

Arsenal are currently sixth on the table on 17 points after 12 matches, and trail fourth-placed Manchester City by eight points. 

Their opponents, on the other hand, are having a nightmarish season, and are rooted at position 19 with eight points and remain winless in their last five matches.