Xhaka To Have Talks Following Reaction
Arsenal officials will meet with club captain Granit Xhaka later this week to discuss his reaction to being substituted in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Xhaka was booed by home supporters as he left the field and he reacted by swearing and gesturing at fans before walking straight down the tunnel. It is believed he had already left the stadium by the time the final whistle went. Three senior players visited him at his home on Sunday night.
The Football Association will not be taking any action against the Switzerland international for his actions. However, it is not known whether the club will strip him of the captaincy.
“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,” manager Unai Emery said after the match.
“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.”
The incident has opened a can of worms on the situation at the Emirates. Sunday’s result came at the end of a week that saw the Gunners lose at Sheffield United, snatch a late winner in the Europa League clash with Vitoria Guimaraes and throw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Palace.
Xhaka is expected to return to training today ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool.