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'Xhaka is feeling better - and wants to come back'

Xhaka, Emery

Unai Emery says his aim is to reintegrate Granit Xhaka back into the squad.

The Switzerland international has not played since our 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, but our head coach says he is feeling stronger now.

"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," Emery said. "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. My objectives don’t change from when I spoke to you before. My objective is going to be his comeback to help us and convince every supporter of his commitment with us and his performances will be better and they will be proud of him in the short or long future with us. That is my objective, and what I am working towards.

"He is feeling better and also feeling that his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with confidence with the supporters, and we are going to decide. But I think little by little we can help him come back and connect with us and our supporters.

"We are going to decide tomorrow [whether he will be in the squad for Saturday] but I want to do that comeback, give him confidence and make him comfortable. And when we can connect with our supporters with a good moment and a good performance and being strong with them."

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