The Granit Xhaka saga has apparently run its course, according to Unai Emery in his latest press conference.
Well, if the end of the story is the Swiss midfielder coming back into selection consideration.
Yes, Xhaka has now come back from his omission from the squad that has seen him miss the last four games in all competitions.
It means that we could see Xhaka come back into the side for the visit of Southampton.
But does that signal the line being drawn under the whole messy incident?
After missing four games, it would seem that Xhaka will most likely be on the bench for this vital Premier League encounter. So a stage is set for Xhaka to come into the fray in the second half from the sidelines. An opportunity for us all to welcome him back and support the player like we should support all of our players when wearing the shirt.
It is set for a big moment that will have all cameras on Xhaka as he prepares to come on – and all microphones aimed toward the stands for the merest hint of negativity.
There is a portion of fans who are firmly behind our former captain and will cheer as they normally would for any player being introduced as their name is announced over the speaker system.
There is also a portion of fans who believe his actions are that of a player who not only isn’t fit to wear the armband, but also would be lucky to ever wear the shirt again. That would mean when Xhaka’s name is boomed across the speakers at The Emirates, a healthy slice of the stands will ring out in boos.
Which would generate much more negativity surrounding our club.
It would also leave Xhaka searching for pastures new – if he isn’t doing so already. It could also mean we would be a man down in terms of squad size as Xhaka would be on shaky ground in terms of playing for the club again.
Regardless of what we think might happen, all cameras and eyes will be on our game and Xhaka come 3pm…