Newcastle’s supposed interest in bringing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in on loan this winter hit a massive snag this evening. The frozen out 27-year-old was brought back into the team for their Europea League match against Frankfurt.
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?? Martinelli starts
?? Aubameyang also in attack
?? Xhaka returns
?? Martinez lines up in goal
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Xhaka started the match and played the entire game. This was his first time in an Arsenal uniform since his confrontation with the home crowd on October 27th against Crystal Palace. So the midfielder has not been involved in the last six matches.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery had hinted recently that he was contemplating bringing Xhaka back into the team.
While this match opened a pathway back for Xhaka, the 1-2 defeat against Frankfurt at the Emirates heaps even more pressure on Emery. Arsenal are now winless in their last seven games.
Most of the questions asked of Emery after the defeat was about his future at Arsenal. However, there was one question about whether Xhaka’s problems are now in the past. This is was Emery’s response:
“It’s very good news with Granit. We played well, and the supporters helped him, and I think it’s good news.”
The Emirates was only half full this evening, and the crowd was not too harsh on the returning midfielder. Arsenal fans now seem to have turned their vitriol towards their beleaguered manager.
It looks highly unlikely that Granit Xhaka will be coming to Newcastle in January. Though, in reality, it was always a farfetched proposition.