ARSENAL have acted decisively to strip Granit Xhaka of the club captaincy following his outburst at the fans during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
But that didn't stop the North Londoners throwing away another lead as Vitoria equalised for a point in the Europa League – amid continued speculation over Unai Emery's future at the club where Leicester's Brendan Rodgers is being linked with taking over.
Get all the latest reaction here on a seismic day for the Gunners…
UNAI EMERY should drop Matteo Guendouzi for the match against Leicester.
That is the view of ex-Gunners star Charlie Nicholas.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Kieran Tierney needs to work on his final ball and this is important to get the service into the frontmen.
“Matteo Guendouzi is having a shocker and he is getting away with it due to Xhaka – he needs to be taken out of the team.
“I would rather Unai Emery go with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira.”
THAT'S how it's done…
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MANCHESTER UNITED scouts Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson are reportedly wanted by Arsenal.
The pair joined the Red Devils from Manchester City in 2017.
Following their impressive results, the Daily Mail claim the Gunners are set to make a move for them.
It is understood that Arsenal also have their eye on Manchester City's head of youth recruitment Joe Shields.
RAY PARLOUR reckons Unai Emery's job is safe until the end of the season – even if they lose to Leicester tomorrow.
He told talkSPORT: “I think they will stick with Emeryfor now [until the end of the season], I really do.
“They are going to give him an opportunity. They're still in the Europa League they'll look at that.
“They got to the final last year. If they don't make the Champions League then I don't think his future is at Arsenal.”
NEWCASTLE are ready to save Granit Xhaka from his Arsenal hell with a January swoop – as the under-fire midfielder prepares to hand in a transfer request.
The Swiss star, 27, was stripped of the captaincy earlier this month after swearing at fans after they booed him against Crystal Palace.
Newcastle are hoping to take advantage of the situation with an audacious January swoop as they look to solidify their place in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce has already admitted he needs more running and steel in his midfield – and adding the experienced Xhaka would go a long way to helping in those areas.
However, the Toon may be scuppered due to Xhaka's wage demands – with the midfielder currently earning £130,000-a-week.
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