Monday , January 13 2020

Granit Xhaka returns to Arsenal starting lineup after 31 days out in the cold

Granit Xhaka returns to Arsenal starting lineup after 31 days out in the cold as Gunners look to seal top spot in Europa League Group F

  • Granit Xhaka has been named in the starting XI to face Frankfurt on Thursday
  • The Switzerland star has not featured since the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace
  • The 27-year-old appeared to tell Gunner fans to ‘f*** off’ as he was substituted

Granit Xhaka has been selected in Unai Emery’s Arsenal team ahead of their crunch Europa League group stage clash with Eintracht Frankfurt. 

The midfielder has been out in thew cold for 31 days after appearing to tell Gunners fans to ‘f*** off’ during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 27. 

Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in the days following the incident, but Emery has now deemed him ready to return to the fold against Frankfurt.

Granit Xhaka will play in Arsenal’s Europa League group stage encounter with Frankfurt

In Emery’s pre-match press conference he encouraged Arsenal fans to get behind the Switzerland international. 

‘I hope every supporter supports him. Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important for us.’

‘As a coach each moment in my career is difficult. This is a very good but very hard job.

‘When you are winning you feel the support for everybody.

Xhaka told Arsenal supporters to 'f*** off during the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace

Xhaka told Arsenal supporters to ‘f*** off during the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace

‘Some teams are coming here fearless. My wish is tomorrow every supporter helps the team and helps the players.’

‘They are angry and disappointed, as well we are. We have a very good opportunity to do that.

‘Each match here in the Emirates is very important for that, the players need to feel backing them.’ 

Mesut Ozil has also been named on the bench and could make just his seventh Gunners appearance of the season.