Granit Xhaka 'Refusing To Apologise' To Arsenal Supporters And Faces Punishment
Granit Xhaka is reportedly refusing to apologise to Arsenal fans for his outburst after his substitution against Crystal Palace.
Xhaka's substitution was met with cheers from the Emirates faithful on Sunday and was the booed for not leaving the pitch quick enough.
The Arsenal captain was subsequently booed and he reacted by telling fans to 'f**k off' and cupped his hand to his ear.
Not a great afternoon for Granit Xhaka...- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 28, 2019
The Arsenal captain was jeered by his own fans as he was substituted, before reportedly swearing at the crowd and rejecting a handshake from Unai Emery! :flushed:
Read the Arsenal manager's response here: https://t.co/i0Jq3l1qJN pic.twitter.com/DRb3JXrXm9
It's now emerged that Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen for his skipper to apologise to the fans but he is yet to do so.
Per The Mirror, Emery phoned Xhaka after the match in an attempt to persuade him to diffuse the situation.
A disciplinary inquiry is reportedly underway in relation to Xhaka's actions and it seems the drama is set to roll on.
The club's captain has been booed, he did what he did after it and no one at the club is speaking about it. No apologies from Xhaka, Emery didn't say anything, no club's statement about it. Laca and Auba liking "Emery out" posts and Özil is laughing at us all. We're mess
- Aubazettes (@Aubazettes) October 29, 2019
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The 27-year-old was controversially named captain in September, with many Arsenal fans questioning the decision due to his poor discipline.
The choice of skipper was reportedly made by the Arsenal squad following the departure of Laurent Koscielny in the summer.
Arsenal fans on Twitter are split on the saga, with many sympathising over Xhaka's refusal.
However, some feel it was his duty as captain to offer an olive branch to supporters.
One Twitter user said,
"Don't really care about getting an apology from Xhaka tbh. It was an impulsive reaction to a rabidly hostile environment. Would rather he give his response on the pitch with 10/10 performances. Should defo be dropped for the next couple of games though, otherwise it will get ugly."
Whereas another stated,
"Still no apology from Xhaka. Says a lot about the worst captain in history. Says more about how little control Emery has over the squad.
Strip him of the armband. Make an example of him. Make an example of anyone that 'revolts'."
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