Emery: Xhaka 'better in his mind' ahead of Arsenal return

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Interestingly, this could open up an opportunity for somebody like Granit Xhaka to come back into the side and prove a point.

'My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us.

"It was good for players, I think, that we worked very hard and tried to show them how it can work".

Xhaka was able to regain some match fitness over the global break, turning out for Switzerland in two 90-minute appearances. But Emery did not entirely rule out springing a surprise and involving him in some capacity.

"We will decide on Friday", said Emery.

"Above all we need to connect with our supporters by playing better, being in control of the game for 90 minutes with our personality and characteristics, and we haven't done this at the Emirates". However, there has been no official communication from Emery or the Arenal hierarchy on Xhaka's future.

"He's feeling better and also he's feeling his team is Arsenal now and he wants to regain the confidence of our supporters", Emery told reporters.

"We are going to decide tomorrow but I want to do that comeback, give him confidence and make him comfortable".

Mauricio Pochettino may have transformed Tottenham Hotspur into world beaters in just five years, but he was sacked by the club recently, and now finds himself looking for a new job.

"I would have stayed with Pochettino". "[Mourinho] is a very good coach".

Xhaka played in both games for Switzerland over the worldwide break, scoring in the 6-1 demolition of Gibraltar, and has previously expressed his determination to win back his place with the Gunners.

'Probably the last matches they didn't develop a factual end result but within the last yr with Pochetinno changed into ideal. "I don't know why exactly the real reason is for doing that, but they have their way and we have our way and then we are going to battle in our moments".

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