Unai Emery has confirmed Granit Xhaka will not feature against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend (BBC Sport), as the Arsenal club captain takes time to reflect on and recover from the events of last weekend.
The 27-year-old was booed by supporters as he was being substituted against Crystal Palace, prompting the star to cup his ears, swear at fans and remove his shirt before heading down the tunnel.
In a statement released by the club on Thursday, Xhaka put his reaction down to abuse he has been receiving regularly on social media.
Emery has decided to remove him from the firing line this weekend, and it is likely a decision over whether he retains the captaincy or not will be taken next week.
With Xhaka unavailable this weekend, and who knows for how long after, there could be a real chance for one of his teammate’s in particular to benefit.
TBR’s view – Time for Torreira
Lucas Torreira has played a bit-part role so far this season, but could be in line to take Xhaka’s place in the starting XI directly.
The tenacious Uruguayan lost his way in the second half of last season after a bright start, and fans are hoping to see him recapture that early form at the club.
The £26 million signing from Sampdoria (BBC Sport) is the natural replacement for Xhaka, and perhaps a run of games alongside Matteo Guendouzi is the way to go for Emery.
The Spaniard has bizarrely deployed Torreira as an advanced midfielder a few times this season, but he is far more effective protecting the back four.