Press conference

‘It is not in my mind for Xhaka to play’

Unai Emery has confirmed that “it is not in his mind” for Granit Xhaka to face Wolves.

Our head coach is expecting a tough clash at Emirates Stadium - but says our club captain will not feature.
 
“It's not in my mind that he will play tomorrow,” he said. “I think that tomorrow, he is not going to play.
“I think that now, we need to be focused on the match at 100 per cent. Now we are going to train but at the moment, he's not in my mind [to play].
 
“Xhaka’s issues last week is one issue that needs time to recover the normality with him and with us.”
 
Wolves have performed well on the road so far this season, including a victory at champions Manchester City, and Emery is expecting a tough battle.
 
"They won at Man City's stadium and it is an amazing result, it is very difficult to win there," he said. "They lost to Everton and drew in the last minute against Crystal Palace. It depends on each match.
 
"Who would have thought they would win at Manchester City? Normally they won't. We have to respect that result at Man City, how they played at Palace and also how they played at Newcastle. Now we want to play and prepare our match with respect for them. This is my idea in each match and tomorrow is the same.
 
"We are thinking and respecting them but above all we need to create our strongest way with the ball, with possession, with our game plan and we defensively we know we need to stop them."