Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has said he is ready to fight to earn back his place on the Arsenal team.
The 27-year-old has had a difficult start to the season and made headlines last month after reacting to fans who cheered his substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Despite apologising five days later, he was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy by his manager Unai Emery and has not made the squad in any of the games since.
In the pre-match press conference to the Leicester City game this weekend, Emery said he was not sure if Xhaka would play for the club.
Xhaka has also been linked with a move away from Arsenal, with Newcastle named as a possible destination. But the Swiss midfielder has now come out to put an end to the rumours, saying he is ready to battle his way back into the first team, according to AFP.
“You can be sure that I'll keep fighting and putting myself out there in every training session,” he said. “I feel last week has been dealt with and I'm ready.”
Arsenal have failed to win any of their four games since the incident at Crystal Palace, and Xhaka has now claimed that excessive fan criticism has a negative impact on the whole team.
“Insulting and swearing at your own captain will cause bad atmosphere for the team you are supposed to be supporting,” he said. “That makes no sense and weakens the team's spirit.”
Emery is a big fan of Xhaka and stuck by him early in the season when many fans and pundits were calling for him to be dropped. It remains to be seen if he would be recalled to the team for the next game against Southampton after the latest round of Euro 2020 qualifiers.