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Granit Xhaka left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad to face Vitoria

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Arsenal fans are desperate for the club to make a January move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey following the latest twist in Granit Xhaka's Gunners career.

Emery told Xhaka he was no longer part of the Gunners" leadership group and said the Switzerland global "accepted' the decision.

Xhaka, 27, has publicly apologized after he swore and gestured at Arsenal's fans, threw off the captains armband and stormed down the tunnel as home supporters cheered his substitution in their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 27.

The Gunners were looking to return to winning ways after a hard week for Emery and his Arsenal squad in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup.

Emery then confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be Arsenal's new captain, before naming his other options as well.

It will be the third successive game Xhaka has missed, following his absence from Arsenal's Carabao Cup fourth-round defeat to Liverpool and their Premier League draw against Wolves.

After speaking to the player, Arsenal manager Emery said Xhaka was "devastated" by the incident while the player also took to social media to explain his actions. I needed to take one decision, and now it is closed.

"People have said things like "We will break your legs", "Kill your wife" and "Wish that your daughter gets cancer".

Former captain Laurent Koscielny left under a cloud during the summer after refusing to travel on the club's pre-season tour of the United States, eventually being sold to Bordeaux.

"Arsenal at home, for me, it's like a basketball match", Wright told BBC Sport.

Xhaka was originally voted in as skipper by Arsenal's players.

"We have now Aubameyang, Hector, Lacazette and Ozil".

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Arsenal's current four captains. His future with us is coming for the next weeks or the next months.

"But now the focus is tomorrow".

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