ARSENAL have acted decisively to strip Granit Xhaka of the club captaincy following his outburst at the fans during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
And it was more misery as the North Londoners failed to hold on top another lead as Vitoria equalised for a point in the Europa League – amid continued speculation over Unai Emery's position at the club.
Get all the latest reaction here on a seismic day for the Gunners…
UNAI EMERY has issued a defiant message to Jose Mourinho following reports the Special One is waiting in the wings to take over at Arsenal.
SunSport exclusively revealed that the former Manchester United manager had set his sights on becoming the first boss to win major trophies at three English clubs.
But when asked whether Mourinho was worrying him after Arsenal threw away a lead for the fourth game running in the 1-1 draw against Vitoria, Emery said: “I am the coach.”
ARSENAL legend Martin Keown accused Arsenal's players of defending “like statues” after they threw away a lead for the fourth game in a row.
He told BT Sport: “One attempt on target all evening and it hit the back of the net. These are worrying times for Arsenal.
“And what was even more worrying was that there were six players on the pitch at the end who will probably play against Leicester. The players that came in did not really take their chances.
“There are problems all over the pitch. It can quickly be turned around. If I was involved in the weekend I'd go on the attack because we can't defend.
“We are in danger of losing some of the identity of the team built under Arsene Wenger. We cannot defend and have lost that attacking flavour.
“I think it's a personal thing of how you mark up in set-pieces. There are huge gaps. All they did was put a ball in and run through the hole. they could put a double-decker bus through that! It's too simple. It's basic decision-making and they need to change.”
“The players are just ball-watching for the goal and that can be improved. Holding has been done for pace and they’re like statues.”
ARSENE WENGER is set to be offered the Bayern Munich manager’s job until the end of the season.
And if he takes the position, this means the former Arsenal boss would face a sensational meeting with old foes Tottenham as they visit the Allianz Arena in the Champions League group stages on December 11.
Wenger, 70, is understood to have now been contacted by Bayern who sacked Niko Kovac after a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Frankfurt on Saturday.
Bayern are keen to give Wenger, 70, a short-term deal before then deciding whether to offer him a longer contract in the summer or search for a young coach.
But Wenger, who spent 22 years at Arsenal before leaving in 2018, is seen as the perfect man to steady the ship with Bayern currently fourth.
Wenger is likely to stage full discussions with club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after this weekend’s massive clash with Dortmund so an appointment could be made during the international break.
ARSENAL have suffered a fresh blow, with defender William Saliba suffering another serious injury.
The £27million summer signing is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne, from whom the Gunners signed him from in the summer.
And Les Verts boss Claude Puel has confirmed to the club's official websitethat the 18-year-old broke his fifth metatarsal against Monaco at the weekend.
Saliba had only been back to full fitness for five weeks, having had to undergo an operation on an abductor muscle injury.
After securing his signature in July, the Gunners allowed Saliba to return to his parent club in order to continue his development before arriving at the Emirates.
But this latest injury will be another blow for the young centre-back's progression.
ARSENAL midfielder Dani Ceballos was forced to come off with a suspected hamstring injury during the Europa League clash away at Vitoria.
The 23-year-old – on loan from Real Madrid – immediately signalled to the bench after picking up the niggle in the 51st minute.
He tried to play on for a few more minutes, but was unable to continue as Matteo Guendouzi came on in his place as the Spanish midfielder headed straight down the tunnel.
Unai Emery has since revealed that it is unlikely that he will face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as he confirmed he could be out for a few weeks.
He said: “Ceballos maybe has a small injury but I think he will not be available for the next weeks.”
It should come as no surprise that Ceballos has picked up an injury having played in each of Arsenal's 17 games this season.
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