Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka is ready to make his Arsenal comeback against Southampton

Granit Xhaka hasn’t played for Arsenal following his outburst against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery believes Granit Xhaka is in the right frame of mind to make his Arsenal comeback having missed the club’s last five matches following his outburst against Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international was stripped of the captaincy after he swore at his own fans having been substituted midway through the second half of last month’s Premier League match.

Xhaka has missed the last five matches in all competitions having steadfastly refused to issue a full apology, while Emery claimed the 27-year-old had ruled himself out of the recent match against Leicester prior to the international break.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder appeared for his country twice in the last week and after holding talks with Emery upon his return to Arsenal’s training base he is now in contention to feature against Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday.

‘He’s coming back better. His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him,’ said Emery.

Unai Emery is in need of a win to ease the pressure on him at Arsenal following a poor run of results (Picture: AFP)

‘My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us.

‘He’s feeling better and his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with the confidence of the supporters.

‘We are going to decide tomorrow (if he plays) but I want to give him confidence and comfort.’

After playing and scoring in Monday’s 6-1 win over Gibraltar for Switzerland, Xhaka admitted he was seeking talks with Emery and was still to accept his decision to strip him of the captaincy.

He told Swiss broadcaster SRF: ‘I have a clear idea as to how things should proceed, and Arsenal know this as well.

‘Although I still have a contract with them, I will be glad to return to the club – so we can finally sort matters out. ‘There will surely be a solution – as I can’t accept what has happened with me.’

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