Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long he took to award Arsenal captaincy

first_imgXhaka was jeered by fans when taken off against Palace and responded angrily (Picture: Reuters)According to The Athletic, Emery was never entirely sold on the idea of making Xhaka captain and consulted another player about taking over from Koscielny before eventually putting it to a vote.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTXhaka felt he was the only man for the job, though, and grew frustrated with his manager over the delay in naming Arsenal’s new skipper.Emery was hesitant, and perhaps rightly so given what happened in the Premier League clash with Palace, and it remains to be seen if he will play on Saturday against Wolves – and whether he will continue wearing the armband.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityXhaka finally released a statement on Thursday night, writing: ‘After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.‘The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch. My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply. Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long he took to award Arsenal captaincy Xhaka has trained as usual this week ahead of facing Wolves on Saturday (Picture: Getty)‘People have said things like “We will break your legs”, “Kill your wife” and “Wish that your daughter gets cancer”. ‘That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.‘In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy.‘That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought. ‘My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place. Let’s move forward positively together.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 9:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares The Swiss midfielder could yet lose the armband after clashing with fans (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka was frustrated with Unai Emery over how long it took to name him captain, with the Arsenal manager reportedly favouring another player before putting it to a vote.Emery made the curious decision to have the entire squad vote on who they wanted to replace Laurent Koscielny as skipper, with Xhaka handed the armband by his teammates,However, his future as captain is under threat after clashing with supporters in last weekend’s draw with Crystal Palace, cupping his ear to the crowd and telling them to ‘f*** off’.last_img

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