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Xhaka issues statement after Palace incident

Fans divided on Xhaka as Arsenal captain issues statement on Palace drama

November 1, 2019 By Ali M.
The Swiss midfielder ended his silence after his altercation with the fans in a statement on social media.

Granit Xhaka has finally broken his silence on the recent controversy involving him and the fans during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. After rumors emerged that the midfielder refused to issue an apology, he has now taken to social media to issue a statement on last weekend's incident.

The Gunners captain was taken off in the second half of the clash with the Eagles after throwing away a 2-0 lead. The Swiss midfielder was then met with jeers when his number came off but that soon turned into boos after he took his time to leave the pitch. Xhaka then goaded the supporters, cupped his ears, and aimed profanity at his hecklers before ripping off the jersey and storming down the tunnel.

Many have called for the 27-year-old to be stripped of the captaincy, with the north London giants are yet to do nor rule out. On Thursday night, the former Bundesliga man took to Instagram to issue a statement on his actions, admitting that he reached the boiling point.

"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. 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."

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Message to the fans;

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However, fans are split on his response. Many argue that this was a sufficient statement given the unhealthy abuse he received from the fans and are eager to move on together from this drama. Others, meanwhile, are not happy with the statement, insisting that this was not a sufficient apology but merely an excuse.

As of now, Granit remains Emery's first-choice captain. Whether that will change or remain the same moving forward is uncertain. Another thing that is unknown is whether the midfielder will feature in the club's upcoming game, Saturday's clash with Wolves, or be taken out of the firing line. 


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Arsenal 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

November 2, 2019 11:00amEmirates Stadium (London)

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