Arsenal vs Wolves: Emery takes decision on Xhaka, reveals date to sort Gunners’ captaincy

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has decided not to feature captain, Granit Xhaka when his side takes on Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

He also disclosed that the Arsenal will sort out the club’s captaincy between Monday and Tuesday.

Xhaka was taken off by Emery during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend, throwing the captain armband to the floor and hurling abuse at the Gunners fans after they had ironically cheered his substitution before he marched straight down the tunnel.

Switzerland midfielder, however, released a statement on Thursday explaining, rather than apologising for his actions.

But Emery has now intended to keep Xhaka out of Arsenal’s squad to face Wolves at Emirates.

“The first is the person, the human. Like everyone he feels, Xhaka, with his issues, needs time to recover normality,” Emery was quoted by Sky Sports as saying at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“He said sorry, he gave the apology to the supporters and to everybody. Now is the focus on the match.

“We were waiting on Monday and Tuesday (to sort out the captaincy).

“It is not in my mind that he will play tomorrow. I am thinking tomorrow he is not going to play.

“Now we need to be focused 100 per cent only on the match. We are going to do the training today but at the moment it is not in my mind.

“I want to speak about the players who are going to play.”

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