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Xhaka could leave Arsenal after fan row, Emery admits

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Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on November 01, 2019 in St Albans, England.

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ByEnis Koylu
09/11/2019 at 08:27 | Updated 09/11/2019 at 09:41

Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka could be set to leave the club following his public falling out with fans, manager Unai Emery has admitted.

The Swiss midfielder was seen mouthing and gesturing angrily towards supporters who booed him as he was substituted during the recent home draw with Crystal Palace.

He subsequently explained that he and his family had received a barrage of abuse on social media but was still stripped of the captaincy.

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And Emery has admitted that Xhaka may have played his last match for the club.

"I don't know if he's going to play again. I don't know if he is available in his mind to continue helping us and continuing defending the Arsenal shirt.

"Then, if I decide he is in the group with us, if he is ready and 100% in his mind with the decision to help us and to play with his quality helping us. We need that quality and that player.

"We're now a little weaker without him in that position because we have one less player."

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When asked whether a January exit had been discussed with Xhaka, Emery admitted he had "asked that question" but said: "I'm not thinking about that because we're in November and we're going to play a lot of matches in November and December.

"We cannot change him in that two months. The club is speaking with him and we're going to decide how he is and how I'm thinking we use him."

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