Arsenal boss, Unai Emery has refused to confirm if Granit Xhaka will remain Arsenal’s captain.
Arsenal let a 2-0 lead slip for another game this season, drawing 2-2 with Crystal Palace yesterday the same way they did vs Watford earlier this season.
Xhaka was booed by fans when he reacted poorly to being substituted by throwing his armband and getting off the pitch slowly. He also cupped his ear to the crowd and swore at the supporters before he ripped his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.
This has made lots of Arsenal legends ask for his removal as captain but Emery is not going to be hasty with his decision.
Emery then added that the player needs the support of the fans.
His words, “I don’t want to speak about that. Firstly, he has to recover. We cannot anticipate the circumstances.
“I’d prefer to keep moving forward.”
“It’s not easy for him and for the team. He is now devastated, sad,”
“We spoke yesterday and Sunday night and this morning.
“He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. He is sad about that situation.
“His commitment is great every time. He wants to help. His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really he knows he was wrong.
“He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.
“We need to be strong, to know and learn to play under our pressure. It’s our work, our job. The supporters are the most important in our lives. If there aren’t supporters and fans behind us there’s no reason to play football.
“He is down. The most important thing now is to look after him and his family and also recover our best Granit Xhaka.
“After that wrong situation on Sunday I have one challenge every time.”
“When we make individually some mistakes we need to make some apologies. I prefer to do that. We’ve suggested he do that,”
“He has the mindset to be the captain. I decided that and the players respect that.
“He was wrong on Sunday and also did not respond as captain.”
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