Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ after being subbed vs Crystal Palace
October 28, 2019
Xhaka was appointed Arsenal
captain last month – but his future at the club might be in doubt after he told
the fans to ‘f*** off’ while walking off the pitch after being substituted
against Crystal Palace.
Swiss midfielder was subbed off for Bakayo Sako shortly after the Gunners had
thrown away a two-goal lead.
goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz had put Arsenal 2-0 up
inside the opening 10 minutes, but a Luka Milivojević penalty and a second-half
goal from Jordan Ayew put Palace back on level terms.
Unai Emery reacted by sending on Sako in place of Xhaka, who was
booed off by the Arsenal fans.
The Gunners faithful have given Xhaka plenty of stick over the
past couple of seasons but today may prove to be the straw that broke the
Xhaka was booed as he trudged off the pitch and reacted by
throwing up his arms and shouting ‘f*** off!’ to the crowd several times.
He slapped hands with Emery before making his way off down the tunnel.
watch the extra ordinary incident here
Arsenal thought they’d won the match 3-2 when Sokratis scored in
the 85th minute, but the goal was disallowed following a VAR review.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Xhaka now.
How will the fans respond to this incident? Will he be forced to
apologise? Should Arsenal fans take some of the blame? Is this Emery’s fault?
The fallout from this incident could be big.
The game ended 2-2 but Arsenal remain fifth in the Premier League table on 16 points.