Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Xhaka & Emery hold crunch talks over captain's future after fan backlash

Bellerin calls for Arsenal unity after Xhaka tantrum

Arsenal boss Unai Emery and technical director Edu have held crunch talks with Granit Xhaka after a volatile reaction towards fans in Sunday's draw with Crystal Palace.

The club captain was booed by supporters as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium and reacted by cupping his ear and shouting expletives back at the crowd .

The midfielder's furious reaction sparked controversy, with many former Gunners criticising Xhaka and one even calling for him to be stripped of the captain's armband .

Arsenal responded on Monday by calling the 27-year-old in for a meeting to discuss his future, but won't be releasing a statement on the situation before Tuesday.

The club are adamant that they cannot have their captain acting in such a way towards fans. Emery chastised Xhaka in the wake of the game, saying “he is wrong" to react to supporters ,

The north London club, who are fifth in the Premier League, are back in action on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup with a trip to European champions Liverpool.


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