Former captain Granit Xhaka could make his first Arsenal appearance since October in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy after reacting angrily to jeers from Gunners fans while being substituted during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. “He’s in the group and has the possibility to play tomorrow,” said boss Unai Emery. “I hope every supporter supports the team.” He added: “Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important to us.” The Swiss midfielder has not played for the club since he swore and gestured towards Arsenal fans while being substituted during the match against Palace on 27 October, although he did feature for…

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Patrick Vieira defends Granit Xhaka: ‘He deserves a lot of respect’

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has defended Granit Xhaka after the midfielder lost the armband in the wake of his outburst towards the club’s supporters last month. Xhaka reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium and the player has since been left out of the squad. “I feel sorry for him because he [was] the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal,” Vieira told British media. “I think we have…

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