Disappointment Over VAR Decision
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is refusing to say whether Granit Xhaka will be stripped of the club captaincy after a spat with supporters during Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace.
Xhaka was booed after he was taken off in the second half. He responded by cupping his ear and appeared to say “f*** off” as he disappeared down the tunnel.
Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead as Palace clawed their way back into the game. It was a second lacklustre performance in four days following a last-gasp win over Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday.
“Now in not the time to talk about that,” Emery said when asked whether Xhaka would lose the captain’s armband.
“He was wrong. We need to stay calm, speak to him internally about that. We are working with the club and the players to play under pressure.
“We are going to speak with him because the reaction was wrong.
“We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.”
Arsenal had a late goal disallowed by VAR and Emery said the new system isn’t working as well as it might.
“We can speak about our performance and the VAR decision.
“We started very well and then conceded many chances so we should have controlled possession better to get more chances at 2-0 but usually the opposite team want to push more and then they scored.
“We need to respect the decision, which was amazing, Last match here against Bournemouth they didn’t check for a clear penalty on Pepe and at Sheffield on Sokratis.
“VAR is positive but at the moment it is not working well.
“I think we deserved to win this evening. Only I can be disappointed about not controlling the match better.”