Granit Xhaka starts about controversy over the captain after fearing that his Arsenal future was over
“One day when the club asks me for the bracelet, I have to think twice”: Granit Xhaka starts controversy over the captain after fearing that his future in Arsenal was over after furious spit with supporters
- Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career seemed dead and buried in October
- He had a furious spit with fans after he went into hiding against Crystal Palace
- After being chased away, Xhaka responded and told Arsenal supporters to “f *** off”
- However, he has reflected so professionally under Mikel Arteta
Granit Xhaka has admitted that he “had to think twice” about resuming the Arsenal captain after experiencing the most difficult period of his career after his furious spit with supporters.
The Swiss international was abandoned by his then manager Unai Emery in October after a collision with his own fans during the 2-2 home game against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal fans threw Xhaka off the field after being replaced by Emery in the Emirates, before the midfielder responded and told the club’s supporters to “take it off” in the aftermath of him and his family who received disgusting abuse online.
Granit Xhaka has rebounded in style under Mikel Arteta after his future in Arsenal was over
His career in North London seemed dead and buried, but he once reflected so professionally under Mikel Arteta and has recently been one of Arsenal’s most impressive artists.
Xhaka has become a mainstay under the new Spanish manager of Arsenal, but four months ago he feared that his time with the Gunners was over.
When you were questioned Standard sport if he feared that he had played his last match for the club, Xhaka replied: ‘Of course I don’t lie. There was a moment because it was not easy for me and my family. I hope people understand this.
“But I think I showed my character. I’m not a man running away. I always say to the club: “When I [am] here I am ready to give everything “.
“It was always like that. I train very hard and that things are reversed is the key. This one [has given me] the best luck. ”
Xhaka had a furious fight with fans after they sent him away from Crystal Palace in October
Xhaka became an easy target for Arsenal fans during the end of Emery’s reign and reached the boiling point against Palace at the Emirates.
Whether he would ever again become a captain at Arsenal remains to be seen, but he has now admitted that it would certainly not be an easy decision if Arteta would reward him with the bracelet.
The 27-year-old briefly wore the captain’s bracelet during the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in January, but he revealed that he hesitated to take it then.
“I know what I can give the team with or without the bracelet,” he said. “But right now [against Palace] I don’t want to take the bracelet back, but Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] and David [Luiz] told me to take it.
“If the club asks me about the bracelet one day, I have to think twice.”
The midfielder takes the captain’s armband during the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in January