Emery optimistic Xhaka could return for Arsenal

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Xhaka has not played since he appeared to tell supporters to "f*** off" before being substituted in last month's clash with Crystal Palace.

'He's coming back better.

'But I think little by little we can help him to come back and to connect again with us and with our supporters'.

Xhaka told Emery last time out that he was not yet in the right frame of mind to play but has now informed Swiss broadcaster SRF he is open to returning - which is against the wish of most Gooners.

"His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him".

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The Saints were beaten 2-1 at home by Everton before the worldwide break as their miserable run of form continued.

"That is good for us", said Hasenhuttl, whose side were thrashed 9-0 at home by Leicester during their slump.

'My objective is going to be his comeback, him helping us and also convincing every supporter of his commitment with us and his performances are going to be better and (they) are going to be proud of him in the shirt.

With eight points from 12 games, Southampton's sluggish start has parallels to the one which saw Mark Hughes sacked and Hasenhuttl brought in during December 2018.

"I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance". However, there has been no official communication from Emery or the Arenal hierarchy on Xhaka's future.

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Emery has previously indicated he is unsure on the future of Xhaka at Arsenal, stating: "as a coach I have a responsibility for the team".

"I think we had a good atmosphere in the sessions and also in the game".

"We need to see a good trigger after losing the ball, good momentum when we go to fight to win it back again immediately".

"I think to find this behaviour back was the main work we wanted to do the last two weeks".

"I will be glad to return to the club - so we can finally sort matters out".

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