There a lot of things going on at Arsenal at the moment.
Fans are furious with Unai Emery’s continued presence at the club.
Fans are furious at the recent poor run of results.
Fans are furious with Granit Xhaka and a number of other first team stars for their below par performances.
Well, Thursday night should be an interesting one for Gunners fans, with it confirmed that Xhaka will start in their Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt. It will be the first time the Switzerland international has played for the club since his now infamous substitution against Crystal Palace just over a month ago.
He has also been replaced as Arsenal captain by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will also feature against Frankfurt as the Gunners look to confirm their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.
As you can imagine, there are a few hot takes out there regarding Xhaka’s inclusion, and a few fans decided to go with a positive reaction. Not that there’s been much positivity over at the Emirates in recent weeks, mind you.
Yaaaaaaasss. Lord Xhaka is back meaning am watching the match
— Mquzama (@Nedson520) November 28, 2019
So Xhaka is back, and only the hardcore fans will be here tonight, so interesting to see what reception he gets. Personally I hope it’s a good one. #UEL #COYG
— Harry gbeng (@Harry_Currall) November 28, 2019
Low key happy to see Xhaka back. Chin up Xhaka, let’s get going.
— Uncle Okey (@CzarArchie) November 28, 2019
It’s expected to be a relatively quiet one in north London, with fewer than 30,000 home fans expected to brave the rain to watch their side.
While one shouldn’t expect an overly dramatic reception for Xhaka, there are plenty who’ll be watching the game at home with contempt for the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder…
Xhaka starting??… this a wind up?
— Jayden Broodryk (@JayBrodes187) November 28, 2019
Xhaka in ?
Wonder how this will go down. Cant wait to see… Thats if we have any supporters in the ground tonight
— Aaron Maynard (@AMaynard91) November 28, 2019
Wow. The Traé really going in hard there! Pure fire!
While most of us still don’t really understand what Xhaka does in midfield for Arsenal bar make fouls and take too long on the ball, the Gunners have a strikingly poor record without him in the team, having failed to win any of the last five since his ostracisation.
Granit Xhaka’s first appearance for #AFC since October 27th. Arsenal’s record without him has been dreadful.
Games played: 5
Games won: 0
Goals scored: 9
Goals conceded: 11
Shots conceded: 94
Shots taken: 50
— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) November 28, 2019
That should mean Arsenal win on Thursday night, but don’t rule out a red card in the 12th minute for everybody’s favourite calamitous midfielder. The lad is capable of anything.