Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was unable to keep his cool when he was booed by Arsenal fans on the pitch in the 61st minute of a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 27.
When the score was 2-2, coach Unai Emery replaced Xhaka with young talent Bukayo Saka – who tends to attack more. Arsenal captain is not happy with this decision.
Xhaka’s exasperation escalated when he was booed by his home fans on his way out of the yard. Xhaka swore at it “bastard” and made an act of raising his hand to his ear to tease the fans. The Swiss midfielder then took off his Arsenal shirt and went straight into the Emirates tunnel, instead of sitting with the substitutes.
Xhaka was elected Arsenal captain in late September, replacing Laurent Koscielny – who moved to Bordeaux in the summer. Right from that time, Arsenal fans opposed Mr. Emery’s decision because the 27-year-old midfielder often made mistakes.
“I don’t see the leadership qualities at Xhaka,” former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit told Goal. “I saw that at Guendouzi. He was one of the few players who showed that he wanted to win every match.”
Xhaka and Emery were both chilled by the “Gunners” fans, following Arsenal’s disappointing performance in the last three matches. They lost to Sheffield United, beat Guimaraes thanks to two Pepe penalties at the end of the match, and then lost points to Crystal Palace in the 10th round of the Premier League on October 27.
In the match against Crystal Palace, Arsenal led 2-0 after just nine minutes thanks to Sokratis and David Luiz. But the host to rival the city equalized 2-2 after the mistakes of the defense. The draw was arguably unlucky for Arsenal, when VAR twice made a decision that was detrimental to them. Arsenal also missed many clear opportunities in the match they launched up to 14 finishes.