The Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka was subjected to a prolonged period of abuse, which was not helped by him strolling off the pitch when we needed another goal to win the match against Crystal Palace. It was very obvious that he was extremely frustrated with his abuse from the fans, which has been going on for quite some time now and was very openly clear this evening, but as Arsenal captain perhaps he should have shown some restraint and not made the situation worse.
The coach Unai Emery was definitely concerned with his reaction and has told the media that he intends to talk to the Switzerland international about his reaction. Emery told Arsenal.com: “He was wrong. He was wrong. Now we need to stay calm and speak with him, to speak inside about that reaction. His reaction was wrong in that moment.
“We are working, me and the club, inside with every player to manage playing under pressure. We need to be clever in our minds and create habits under pressure for our minds to be clearer. We can play with our hearts and can be hot in difficult moments, but our minds must be clever. We are going to speak about that, of course, because the reaction was wrong. We will speak with the players and the club about this reaction.”
I think we should all look at ourselves and look at how we would feel if we were in his position. He tries his hardest, but to Arsenal fans if it is not perfect it is not acceptable. I know we all pay good money to go and see the Arsenal, but is it fair to treat one of our players like that? Especially the Arsenal captain.
What sort of message does that send to our other players? Everyone will be so scared to make a mistake they will be playing with the famous “handbrake off”.
So if we get rid of Xhaka, who are we going to make the next scapegoat?