Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka was on a furious conduct in their Permier League face off against Crystal Palace yesterday, as the Swiss midfielder’s use of profanity against the fans as he was subbed has turned worse, earning slack from club gaffer Unai Emery, who is even suggesting the player’s removal from the leadership. Will this start a new player-manager clash at north London?
The 27 year old was unhappy as Emery decided to sub him for English youngster Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute, and the supporters’ cheer at the player swap had him cover his ears and scream ‘f*** off’ at the stands, followed by a shirt rip as he head down the tunnel.
The incident was expected to churn up disapproval from the fans, and the manager himself put in his 2 cents on the Swiss international’s behaviour.
“We are going to speak with him. In one moment he was very hot. His reaction was wrong.
“Xhaka was wrong. Now we need to stay calm and speak to him inside the club about that reaction.”
Speaking to the Sun, the 47 year old Spaniard mentioned the importance of the fans’ emotions, and indicated on a future reelection for the role of captaincy.
We are here because we have supporters. We play for them and need to respect them, whether they applaud or criticise.”
“Now is not the time to speak about the captaincy but we are working with every player to manage dealing with the pressure.”