Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka could be listed amongst the squad to face Southampton at the weekend EPL clash, Unai Emery hints.
Xhaka who claimed he was unsure of playing for the north London side again after he was stripped of the captaincy following his angry confrontation with Gunners fans in a game against Crystal Palace last month will now look to reconcile with the club’s fans.
The midfielder has not featured in Arsenal’s last four games but boss Emery feels he is now ready to return.
“We will decide on Friday,” said Emery.
“He is coming back better in his mind, his mindset is better to help us and to be closer to playing when we need him.”
Xhaka had been an ever present for Arsenal this season but reacted to being booed as he walked off the pitch in the 2-2 draw with Palace in October by cupping his ears.
The Switzerland international later released a statement saying he had “reached boiling point” following repeated threats to his wife and daughter.
Emery added: “I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation. He trained very well before the international break and he trained very well this morning.