Arsenal captain tipped for exit

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Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas believes Gunners captain Granit Xhaka will leave the club in the January transfer window.

Xhaka was left out the match-day squads for Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers this week following his outburst towards the supporters last weekend.

The Swiss midfielder has apologised for actions, but Nicholas feels the board need to make a decision as the supporters are not happy.

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"This length of time that it's taken him to get rid of his anger, if I was the manager I wouldn't have played him, but I would have put him in the group today, to bring him back in," Nicholas told Sky Sports News.

"You bring him in, you get him involved in it. And then if he still feels the same, if he's still in a bad mood, in a huff or angry, which he is probably all of them, what’s going to happen and materialise in the next week or two is it’s going to be a falling out of love with the club.

"The Arsenal owners have got to make a decision because they know the fans are against him, and I think he’ll leave in January.

"For years and years, Arsenal players got away with this because Arsene Wenger took all the blame, got all the responsibility.

"Emery takes a certain amount of responsibility. He should have made the captaincy choice, it's his responsibility. You take leadership, you show leadership, he already knows his dressing room, that’s where he's got it wrong."