Granit Xhaka was reportedly set to return to the Arsenal squad his week for their game against Vitoria but as been left out along with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal travel to Portugal for a weird Wednesday, 3.50pm kick-off in the Europa League.

Unai Emery was said to believe this was the right time to bring back his captain, perhaps feeling that if they are far enough away from London there won’t be that many fans in the ground to give him grief.

If that was was true, he’s had a change of heart as Arsenal released the travelling squad and he wasn’t in it.

As we all know, a lot of the dissatisfaction, if not the abuse, aimed at Xhaka is because of the manager who doesn’t seem best placed to judge when the time is right for anything.

Perhaps, however, he’s got this one right…