Arsenal officials to hold Xhaka talks

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When asked if Xhaka would remain Arsenal captain after the 2-2 draw with Palace, Emery said: “Now is not the time to talk about that”

Arsenal will meet with captain Granit Xhaka in the next few days to discuss his angry reaction to being substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace.

Xhaka is due to return to training on Tuesday ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool, live on Sky Sports on Wednesday.

The Football Association will not be taking any action against Xhaka after he was seen swearing and gesturing to Arsenal fans as he was booed off.

Xhaka, who has conceded more fouls (22) than any other Premier League player this season, has been substituted in three of the nine Premier League matches he has featured in this term.

It is not known at this stage whether Arsenal are considering removing the captain’s armband from Xhaka.

Asked after the game if Xhaka would remain Arsenal captain, boss Unai Emery said: “Now is not the time to talk about that.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the bookies’ favourite to captain Arsenal in their next Premier League match.

Xhaka is now 9/4 with Sky Bet to leave Arsenal in January despite signing a new long-term Arsenal contract in June last year.

Sky Sports’ Oliver Yew at the Emirates…

‘Nasty scenes at the Emirates as Xhaka’s number goes up. He’s going to be replaced by Saka. There are huge ironic cheers from the home fans to greet the decision.

‘Xhaka then strolls off the pitch. He’s in no hurry to get off and the Arsenal fans rise as one to urge him off. It’s loud, very loud as they make their displeasure known towards the Arsenal captain, who cups his hands to his ears.

‘He’s still in no hurry as the jeers get louder and louder. He cups his hand to his ear one more time and appears to mouth a response to the jeers before taking his shirt off and heading straight down the tunnel.’

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