Granit Xhaka stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following Emirates outburst

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‘Unai Emery is done at Arsenal’ according to highly-regarded journalist John Cross

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has urged the Gunners' chiefs to fire current manager Unai Emery and hire Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in the Spaniard's place.

Arsenal supposedly had a bid accepted for the striker (football.london), but it was Vardy who turned down the move, opting to stay at Leicester where he is now the best-paid player at the club on £140,000-a-week (Spotrac) and worshipped by supporters.

Emery allowed the Arsenal crew to exercise Xhaka as their captain, however the midfielder would possibly maybe presumably well presumably now be stripped of these tasks after telling fans to "f*** off" in a game closing week.

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But there had already been recent questions asked about the new skipper's own future at the Emirates Stadium, less than two years after his club record £56m arrival.

The Spanish outlet happily points out that Arsenal are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League title, despite Aubameyang's goal contribution, and are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification for the fourth consecutive season.

Arsenal conceded a stoppage-time equaliser as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes in Europa League Group F on Wednesday.

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John said: "I think we've reached a point where Unai Emery is done".

Mourinho has been out of work for nearly a year since being sacked by Manchester United just before last Christmas.

Otherwise, Arsenal have no other injury concerns to worry about so Emery has a healthy squad to choose from ahead of a crucial game with Leicester that could determine our chances of finishing in the top four.

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