Unai Emery discloses conversation with Granit Xhaka after his angry reaction towards Arsenal fans on Sunday in the Premier League.
Oh, how fortunes change. During the transfer season, many had predicted Arsenal to turn the tables considering their incoming. Unfortunately, the expensive purchases have not resulted in positive returns as the club continue to blow hot and cold.
Arsenal Captain Granit Xhaka has come under severe criticism for their lacklustre performance. Especially against teams that they should easily defeat. However, Xhaka did himself no favours by screaming obscenities at Arsenal fans who walked back to the pitch after being substituted.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has refused to confirm whether Xhaka would still remain the club captain after the episode at the Emirates. He has however, opened up on the conversation he’s had with the Swiss Midfielder since.
Unai Emery discloses conversation with Granit Xhaka after his angry reaction towards Arsenal fans
According to the Independent, Unai Emery said in an interview:
“It is not easy for him and for the team. He is now devastated, sad, we spoke yesterday and Sunday night also and this morning.
“He trained normally with the group but he is devastated and sad about the situation.”
When asked if Xhaka needs to apologise, Emery said:
“Yes (he should apologise) we make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that.
“Now we are looking, seeing he is devastated and the first thing is to recover him. We need our family, friends and supporters to support us, love us.
“He is not feeling that with the supporters. But we are speaking with him ‘first, be calm. Be close to your family and be close to us because we are your family’.
“His commitment with the club is great every time, he wants to help. His behaviour was perfect in training with the group and with the club.
“Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep. But it is normal, like a human, every player needs the supporters to support them and the team.”
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