Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted that club captain Granit Xhaka was wrong to react angrily to jeers from Stadium fans when he was subbed off in Arsenal’s 2 all draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates in the Premier League on Sunday.
The two goals for Arsenal came from Sokratis and David Luiz, which gave them a 2 nil lead before a Luka Milivojevic penalty and a goal from Jordan Ayew restored parity for the visiting Eagles before the hour.
Granit Xhaka was eventually replaced by Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute as the Gunners hunted for a victory. As he walked off the pitch, the sarcastic cheers from fans turned to boos as he showed no urgency in leaving the pitch, considering that his side needed a victory.
He responded by cupping his ear to the crowd, took off his shirt and walked straight down the tunnel.
Speaking after the game in a chat with BBC’s Match of the Day, Emery said: “He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation. I want to be calm but really, he was wrong in this action.”
It can be recalled that Unai Emery had no choice but to name a new captain after the departure of Laurent Koscielny for Bordeaux in August. However, the resultant captain, Xhaka, was not a popular choice with some fans of the club.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery will need to get his side back to winning ways after getting just 2 wins in 8 games. They have some challenging fixtures against the likes of Wolves and Leicester City coming up. This will be after the Carabao Cup round of 16 game against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Coming second best in all three games could spell doom for Unai Emery’s role as Arsenal’s head coach.