Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed midfielder Granit Xhaka will not feature in their match against Wolves this weekend.
The Switzerland international was handed the captain’s armband for the Gunners earlier this season but was involved in an altercation with a section of the club’s supporters during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Is Emery right to shield Xhaka? Five things to know…
- Xhaka was booed off the pitch during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
- He subsequently sat out their Carabao Cup match against Liverpool on Wednesday.
- Xhaka has since released a statement saying he and his family have suffered “repeated abuse” on social media and at matches.
- He also said his gestures toward Arsenal fans against Palace were as a result of him “reaching boiling point”.
- Emery has confirmed Xhaka will sit out Arsenal’s clash with Wolves on Saturday.
Xhaka’s substitution was cheered by parts of the Emirates crowd before he was booed for taking too long to walk off. His gestures to the reaction provoked more jeers in response.
In the aftermath, the 27-year-old has released a statement saying he and his family have been threatened and that his actions in the Crystal Palace were as a result of him “reaching boiling point”.
The following is a message from Granit Xhaka… pic.twitter.com/YG5lBKmQvi
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 31, 2019
The midfielder sat out Arsenal’s entertaining Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool on Wednesday and Emery has revealed he won’t be thrown back in against Wolves.
“He is training. He didn’t play in Liverpool, for me, he is continuing. Above all [we are] focusing on tomorrow,” Emery told reporters.
“The human, like everyone, feels. Xhaka’s issues last week is one issue that needs time. He needs time to recover the normality in him.
“He said sorry, he gave the apology to the supporters and to everybody. Now is the focus on the match.”
Although the treatment of Xhaka by certain sections of the Arsenal support has been nothing short of disgusting, it’s important to point out that the majority of fans have backed their captain, with a number of them showing their support in social media in response to his emotional statement.
Thank you Granit ❤
— Kieran (@Afckierannnnnnn) October 31, 2019
— Brayden (@Braydenjwh) October 31, 2019
Some awful comments. Feel sorry for Xhaka. We are all humans end of the day. Hope we stop this and start supporting each and every Arsenal player
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) October 31, 2019
On the pitch, the Gunners have won just one of their last four Premier League games with the pressuring piling up on Emery – three points against Wolves would go a long way toward easing the burden on the Spaniard’s shoulders.