Emery: Xhaka 'better in his mind' ahead of Arsenal return

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shoots against Southampton

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal's main source of goals Credit getty images

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

'He's coming back better, his mindset now is better to help us, and to be closer to play when we need him, ' Emery said.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder appeared for his country twice in the last week and after holding talks with Emery upon his return to Arsenal's training base he is now in contention to feature against Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday. I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation. "And when we can connect with our supporters with a good moment and a good performance and being strong with them".

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.

The Gunners welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium this weekend and Emery suggested Xhaka could return.

"I think we had a good atmosphere in the sessions and also in the game". A long future with us, that is my objective and I am going to work for that'.

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. But I think, little by little, we can help him come back and connect with us and our supporters".

Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery admits he changed into "severely stunned" Tottenham determined to phase systems with Mauricio Pochettino and transfer for Jose Mourinho. But I think also that Pochettino's work at Tottenham was unbelievable.

Xhaka played in both games for Switzerland over the worldwide break, scoring in the 6-1 demolition of Gibraltar, and has previously expressed his determination to win back his place with the Gunners. I think they will be motivated but we need to impose and show our gameplan.

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