Xhaka statement 'self-serving' and 'iffy' - John Giles on Arsenal

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka

The Switzerland worldwide has been at the centre of a storm this week, after reacting angrily to fans following his substitution against Crystal Palace last weekend.

The Switzerland worldwide was made club captain by Unai Emery this season but the midfielder's appointment has been something of a controversial topic.

However, Xhaka instead issued a statement on Instagram to explain his reaction. "I love this club and have always given 100 per cent on and off the pitch".The skipper also went on to reveal that he has been getting harsh responses from people on all platforms.

Releasing a statement to fans, Xhaka said he had been hurt by social media hate and the reaction he has received at games recently, but apologised to those who thought his reaction was disrespectful.

Things people have shouted things like "we will break your leg", "kill your wife" and "wish your daughter had cancer".

In a commentary launched by Arsenal on Thursday evening, Xhaka steered he had reached "boiling point" over vile abuse directed at his family.

The Heat are absolutely destroying the Rockets and the internet is laughing
The Heat bench is now sixth in the National Basketball Association in points per game, averaging 46.7 per game through six games. So we gotta get back, load, contest, not foul, and secure the rebound. "They brought energy and effort that we couldn't match".

"I let myself get carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself. That is not my intention and I'm sorry if that's what people thought.", the Swiss worldwide explained.

On top of all of it, there are claims that if Arsenal lose to Leicester City in their next Premier League encounter, Emery will be given the sack. "Let's move positively forward together", Xhaka said.Arsenal will next take on Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, November 3.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is adamant the players are still backing their captain, saying: "He's a lovely guy, he's a bit devastated because. he loves the club".

"We have to respect our supporters", Guardiola told reporters.

Xhaka was absent as planned from Arsenal's shootout loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, with Hector Bellerin wearing the captain's armband as the Gunners exited the competition in the round of 16.

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