Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has insisted that he is “ready” to forget the fallout from his controversial gesture to the Gunners fans and win his place back in the side.
Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy by boss Unai Emery earlier this week after being dropped following the incident at the Emirates at the end of last month.
Emery recently admitted that he doesn’t know whether the midfielder will play for the Gunners again, but speaking to Blick, Xhaka said he is going to do all he can to resurrect his relationship with the club.
“You can be sure that I’ll keep fighting and putting myself out there in every training session,” the 27-year-old said. “I feel that last week has been dealt with and now I’m ready.
“For me, looking back it’s been very positive for a long time. After a difficult start, I played a lot and overall I’ve had a great time at Arsenal.
“My family and I also feel very well in the city of London. The events of the last week don’t change that at all. I’ll continue to stay positive, give my all to an even greater extent and prove that I’m an important part of this great team.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been installed as the new Arsenal captain following the incident.