Xhaka in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, could play

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Granit Xhaka may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Arsenal midfielder has been frozen out of the Gunners’ squad since he reacted angrily to boos from supporters, but it appears the hiatus is coming to an end.

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Xhaka is in the squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in Europa League play.

The Swiss international has not appeared on the field or on the bench for Arsenal since the incident occurred in the 61st minute of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the end of October. Xhaka was booed while being substituted off, and he appeared to swear at fans as he made his way off the field. He was stripped of the captaincy he had been officially handed just a month earlier.

“He’s in the group and he has the possibility to play,” Emery confirmed at his press conference. “I hope every supporter supports him.”

“Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important for us,” the boss continued. Arsenal has not won a game since Xhaka was frozen out, throwing away leads in four consecutive Premier League games. Following the midweek Europa League match, Arsenal takes on Norwich City on Sunday in league play.