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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed Unai Emery

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains why Unai Emery was RIGHT to strip boo-boy Granit Xhaka of the captaincy after he told fans to ‘f*** off’ during bust-up

  • Arsene Wenger believes both clubs and their players are examples to supporters
  • The former Gunners boss has backed Unai Emery’s handling of Granit Xhaka
  • The Swiss midfielder was stripped of the captaincy after a furious row with fans
  • Wenger has shown sympathy for Xhaka after his angry response to being booed
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Arsene Wenger has backed Unai Emery’s decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the Arsenal captaincy following his furious bust-up with supporters.

The Switzerland star was relieved of the armband earlier this week after he told fans to ‘f*** off’ and stormed down the tunnel when he was jeered during their draw with Crystal Palace last month.

And now Wenger, who bought Xhaka for £35million in the summer of 2016, has come out in support of his successor, explaining that Emery had little choice but to make an example out of the hot-headed midfielder. 

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed Unai Emery's handling of Granit Xhaka

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed Unai Emery’s handling of Granit Xhaka

Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after telling his own supporters to 'f*** off'

Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after telling his own supporters to 'f*** off'

Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after telling his own supporters to ‘f*** off’ 

‘As a manager you have to face these kind of decisions,’ Wenger said during beIN SPORTS’ Champions League coverage on Wednesday night.

‘We always face the unexpected as a manager, you have to make quick decisions.

‘I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it’s built on values and everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respected.

‘Arsenal, for me, had always had a touch of class, for me football today in the modern era has a huge responsibility on the way we behave, the way were are examples.

Emery, pictured on the touchline against Vitoria, has endured a miserable period in the dugout
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Emery, pictured on the touchline against Vitoria, has endured a miserable period in the dugout

Emery, pictured on the touchline against Vitoria, has endured a miserable period in the dugout

‘Arsenal are part of the big clubs in the world and we have to show that.’

Asked if Xhaka should not have reacted so angrily after being booed by his own fans, Wenger showed sympathy with the former Borussia Monchengladbach man. 

‘You have people with passion, with the pressure they are under, with the disappointment they carry out, they have sometimes reactions you don’t want,’ he said.

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‘But you have to remind people of the behaviour you want.

‘I think Xhaka is an intelligent player, contrary to what I heard in recent weeks. Finally he apologised and that’s what he [Emery] wanted from him.’

Xhaka will no longer wear the armband, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepping up instead

Xhaka will no longer wear the armband, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepping up instead

Xhaka will no longer wear the armband, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepping up instead 

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