Granit Xhaka set for Arsenal return vs Vitoria in Europa League after telling fans to ‘f*** off’

4 Nov

Granit Xhaka is set to make his Arsenal return against Vitoria on Wednesday.

The Gunners captain has not played for the club since telling his own fans to ‘f*** off’ when he was substituted in last month’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Granit Xhaka stormed straight down the tunnel after being jeered and substituted
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Xhaka released a statement explaining his actions, which also saw him cup his ears to supporters and walk straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Bukayo Saka, four days after the incident.

The midfielder, who joined Arsenal in 2016, revealed vile abuse directed at his wife and daughter sparked his angry outburst.

The 27-year-old has been left out of the past two matchday squads, but boss Unai Emery now appears to be willing to reintegrate him into the team.

And Emery is understood to see the Gunners’ Europa League clash at Vitoria as an ideal opportunity for Xhaka to make his return.

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Arsenal will progress into the knockout stages of the competition with a victory in Portugal after winning their first three games.

The decision to play Xhaka may not go down well with sections of the Arsenal fanbase.

Whether he remains the club’s captain is another question that needs to be answered.

Last week, Emery said: “At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that.

“Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him.

“His commitment with the club is a great commitment every time. He wants to help.

“His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong.

“He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human.”

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