Arsenal skipper Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka being subbed off | Picture: Twitter

Arsenal officials will meet with skipper Granit Xhaka to discuss his outburst at home fans after being substituted against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Xhaka rage came in frustration after being substituted when Arsenal squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at the Emirates.

The Swiss midfielder was initially greeted with cheers, which soon turned into jeers as the skipper took his time to leave the pitch despite the score being level.

Manager Unai Emery said after the match that Xhaka’s gesture was not good. He also said that it’s not the right time to talk about it.

The Spaniard added that the club will discuss the issue in the coming days.

Xhaka also refused to shake hands with Emery and walked straight down the tunnel.

The English FA will not take any action against Xhaka, who was seen swearing and gesturing to fans as he was booed off the pitch.

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin took to Twitter and asked fans for unity. Bellerin, an unused sub on Sunday, broke the silence as he spoke on Xhaka’s defence.

The 27-year-old was recently named captain after winning a player’ vote.

Arsenal had a perfect start to the game as centre-backs Sokratis and David Luiz gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

The Gunners were in complete control until Palace were awarded a penalty by VAR. Wilfred Zaha was initially booked for diving.

Palace’s skipper Luka Milivojevic calmly converted the spot-kick to bring the visitors back in the game.

Jordan Ayew then equalised, seven minutes after the restart, to snatch a point from Arsenal.

With Arsenal playing Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, Xhaka is due to return to Arsenal’s training on Tuesday.

 

 

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