ARSENAL have acted decisively to strip Granit Xhaka of the club captaincy following his outburst at the fans during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
And the Swiss international has not taken the decision well – as Unai Emery confirmed he has chosen not to play against Leicester this weekend.
Get all the latest reaction here on a seismic day for the Gunners…
GRANIT XHAKA has told Arsenal he is not ready to play for them again after being stripped of the captaincy this week.
And manager Unai Emery admits he has spoken with the club about the possibility of selling the Swiss midfielder in January.
Xhaka will miss today’s crucial trip to Leicester and has not played since being booed off against Crystal Palace and telling the fans to “f*** off” two weeks ago.
It will be the fourth game in a row he has sat out and Emery confirmed: “He said to me he is not yet available and I don’t know if he’s going to play again.
“The club knows the player’s decision and they know my ideas about this situation.
“We are now a little weaker as a team because we have one less player for that position but I am not yet thinking about him leaving because we are in November and we cannot change him in the next two months.
“I spoke with him this week about how he is feeling and he said that he’s not feeling good enough to play.
“It is 100 percent my decision that he doesn’t play against Leicester because he is not ready in his mind to continue defending the Arsenal shirt.
“But we need his quality and maybe he can play in the future and maybe he cannot.”
THINGS just keep getting worse for Arsenal fans.
This time, there is further rumours that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could swap the doom and gloom of North London for brighter skies in Barcelona.
According to El Chiringuito, the Gabon striker is being viewed as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan has been a brilliant force for the Catalans since leaving Liverpool, but has been hampered by injuries in recent times.
And Aubameyang could slot in nicely between the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann – all while playing Champions League.
The lack of playing in Europe’s top competition is proving a stumbling block in recent contract negotiations, with just 18 months left on his current deal.
Reports have suggested Aubameyang has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave if they don’t reach the Champions League this season.
Meanwhile, should the Gabon forward refuse to agree a new deal, he would likely be sold in the summer to avoid being let go for free 12 months later.
BAYERN MUNICH have turned down the opportunity to appoint Arsene Wenger as their new manager.
The German champions held talks with the former Arsenal boss following the sacking of Niko Kovac earlier this week.
Wenger, 70, was believed to be the front-runner and called club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express his desire to take over at the Allianz.
But it appears Bayern have rejected his advances and opportunity to step back into work because they could not agree on a length of contract.
Wenger wanted a long-term deal but Bayern were keen on offering him a contract until the end of the season before assessing whether to appoint a more youthful boss.
It was believed he called Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to signal his interest in coaching Bayern.