Arsenal stumble again in Europa League at Vitoria Guimaraes

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Dani Ceballos has what looks like a "small" hamstring injury sustained in the Europa League draw with Vitoria SC.

Emery has once extra left Xhaka out of the matchday squad as Arsenal put collectively to face Vitoria SC on Wednesday but he acknowledged he desires to "continue" with the 27-year-old fashioned in the arriving weeks.

The decision comes amid a swarm of controversy stemming from Xhaka's angry reaction to being booed by fans after being substituted in the Gunners' draw with Crystal Palace last month.

Granit Xhaka is no longer the Arsenal captain and a move away from the club could be on the cards. But I said to Granit, this is like in every other walk of life: there are ups and downs.

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Emery said striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be his main captain instead.

However, Unai Emery seems to have made a definitive decision and has stripped him from the captaincy role from the club.

"He could be", he replied when asked if Aubameyang, who opened the scoring on Saturday could remain as captain beyond one game.

In response, Emery held a blind ballot amongst his players which saw Xhaka's top the poll, and in a five-man leadership group Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil were also selected.

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"We need to take some decisions.my focus is for tomorrow [against Vitoria SC]". He must play closer to the front three for me.

Emery is likely to return to a two-man midfield pivot for Wednesday's game, with Lucas Torreira featuring once again from kick-off.

This was the Portuguese side's first point in the Europa League this season.

The Gunners have used a combination of senior and young players in each match, but have left out top scorer Aubameyang and World Cup victor Ozil, who has only been selected four times in 2019-20.

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"For us very important but the analysis about this match we worked, we played, fighting against one team who were defensively very strong, have very good organisation and playing against us 100% motivation".

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