Granit Xhaka might be in the doghouse at the moment with Arsenal fans but that doesn’t mean that he has lost the support of the locker room as captain.
Xhaka was reportedly consoled by three senior Arsenal players who paid him a visit at his home following Sunday’s explosive row. Xhaka was reported to have staged a one-man protest against home fans after he was substituted in Arsenal’s disappointing 2-2 draw to Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal came strong into the Premier League match following a victory over Vitoria de Guimarez only to surrender a two-goal lead to their visitors. The tough encounter against Crystal Palace saw team captain Xhaka substituted, leaving the Swiss midfielder fuming as he was seen down the tunnel with jeers from home fans.
According to a report by Mirror UK, Xhaka was reported to have vanished from Emirates Stadium in anger before the match ended, putting his leadership in question. The report also claimed that he goaded the fans and cupped his ears shouting as he left the stadium.
Quoting The Atheltic, the Mirror UK source further reported that it took the intervention of three senior players who went to their captain’s home to douse the anger and give him some comfort. But when asked if Xhaka would remain captain, Arsenal boss Unai Emery pointedly criticised the midfielder but admitted anybody is prone to mistake.
“We need to stay calm and speak to him internally about that. He was not right to do that,” the manager said. Hector Bellerin also came in defence of Xhaka’s behaviour, while giving assurance of the team coming back stronger. “We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them,” the Gunners right-back tweeted.
Xhaka’s reaction to being booed by his own fans pic.twitter.com/ztc4B3ofoo
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Granit was named club captain back in September as replacement for Laurent Koscielny who controversially left the club in the summer.