According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Unai Emery is considering bringing Granit Xhaka back into Arsenal’s lineup on Wednesday, with the Gunners feeling that he would be better off returning for an away game.
Xhaka has not featured in either of Arsenal’s last two games. The Swiss’ future at the Emirates remains a talking point after he lashed out at the fans in the recent draw with Crystal Palace.
Xhaka reacted angrily to the supporters booing him once it became clear that he was in no rush to leave the pitch as Arsenal chased a winning goal.
The midfielder broke his silence towards the end of last week. But, from the outside, the situation still looks precarious. Xhaka certainly appears to have a lot to do to win some of the supporters round.
And it seems that the chance to start getting some fans back on side could come this week. The Daily Mirror reports that the 27-year-old could play against Vitoria in the Europa League.
The report notes that Emery feels that Xhaka would be better off coming back into the team when they are playing away from home.
If Xhaka is going to play for Arsenal again, then he is going to have to endure some uncomfortable situations over the coming weeks.
Playing away from home first may take some of the sting out of the situation. But it could still prove difficult when he does play at the Emirates for the first time since the Palace game.
A stunning performance in Portugal would certainly do his cause no harm at all. It would show the fans that he is ready to fight to prove himself again.
But it does appear that he remains a long way off mending his relationship with the large majority of the supporters. Some must wonder if too much damage has already been done.