Mourinho to meet Unai Emery amid rumours of replacing Arsenal manager

Granit Xhaka

AnalysisGranit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal – but how much of this saga could have been avoided

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has so far been evasive when asked about Xhaka's future at the club, though there is an acceptance that it will be hard for the midfielder to salvage his reputation. The Switzerland global was recently stripped of his captaincy by manager Unai Emery, further confirming the fact that his days at the club are now numbered. However, he was involved in an angry confrontation with the fans while he was being taken off during Arsenal's encounter with Palace. Newcastle would better be able to afford the deal as a loan as paying all of Xhaka's £130,000 weekly wages is likely to be too much.

It has also been reported that Mourinho's entourage had been encouraging him to defend shut the Arsenal job if Emery is sacked.

The 27-year-old has proved a divisive figure at the club and has come under fierce criticism for his performances so far this season, receiving jeers from the Arsenal supporters who have been left frustrated by his below-par displays.

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to make an offer for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, in a deal that could reportedly involve a swap deal.

"Every player will support every captain and we are going to support him as first captain because he took a step ahead to take that responsibility". "But I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he's not one of the captains in our group and I decided that and I told him this morning", Emery had earlier said as quoted by the club's official website. "We have now Aubameyang, Hector, Lacazette and Ozil - they are the four captains, and first is now Aubameyang", he had added.

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