“Maybe it was a misunderstanding and both parties have overreacted”: Granit Xhaka plays with Arsenal fans in a row after telling them to ‘f *** off’ and insists that he ‘give everything’ for the club, even though he is no longer captain
- Granit Xhaka was involved in a split with Arsenal fans last October
- The midfielder told supporters to “f *** off” and put his ear to the Emirates
- Xhaka was deprived of the captain, but now says the incident is behind him
- He admits that both he and some home fans at the time responded “a little exaggerated.”
- The Swiss star emphasizes that he will ‘cross his borders’ to help Arsenal succeed
Granit Xhaka insists he left his furious feud with Arsenal fans earlier in the season and wants to stay with the club for a long time.
The Swiss star’s relationship with supporters reached a new low last October when he seemed to be telling the people of the Emirates to raise during a match against Crystal Palace.
The incident happened when Xhaka was replaced, with some home fans cheering ironically as the younger Bukayo Saka prepared to show up.
Granit Xhaka was involved in a furious failure with Arsenal fans in the Emirates in October
The midfielder kept his ear to supporters and said they had to ‘f *** off’ after being booed
The midfielder, captain of Gunners at the time, gestured with his arms to encourage disgruntled fans to back the team.
But Xhaka’s attempt fell on deaf ears when the crowd started to scream for running instead of running down the field.
The 27-year-old molded his ear into supporters, told them to ‘jerk off’ and then tore off his shirt before descending the tunnel.
However, after returning to the team a month later and remaining in the transfer window in January despite the interest of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, Xhaka says the problem is now a thing of the past.
Xhaka high fives Unai Emery after being replaced by young Bukayo Saka against Palace
The Swiss star tore off his shirt and walked straight through the tunnel after the incident
“The subject is closed to me,” he told the German publication Bild. “Maybe it was also a misunderstanding and both parties reacted a bit exaggerated.
“The fans can rest assured that I will always push my limits and give everything for Arsenal.”
Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy by then-manager Unai Emery in the aftermath of the incident, but has since played a key role under his successor, Mikel Arteta.
After a win over Manchester United in January, the Spaniard said, “He [Xhaka] was very good. I really like it.
Xhaka is pictured on Tuesday afternoon at Arsenal’s London Colney training base
“As we want to play, if we get him on board, he can be a great player for the football club.
“It’s everything – his commitment, I like the way he is, the way he lives, his professionalism and the way he trains.
“How focused he is every time I talk, he listens and is willing to learn and he’s a great footballer.
“The way we want to play, there aren’t many with his quality on the ball and the way he eliminates passing and the range of his pass. I am very happy to have him. ‘