Granit Xhaka’s outburst at the weekend continues to dominate headlines, and former Arsenal ‘keeper David Seaman has now had his say on the sorry mess.
Let’s face it, the announcement that Xhaka would become the Gunners new permanent captain came as a bit of a surprise, though his tenure in the role could turn out to be shortlived after he was spotted telling the Arsenal faithful to ‘f*ck off’ after his substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Swiss international midfielder was handed the captaincy following a vote from his fellow Arsenal teammates, but club legend David Seaman thinks that his outburst on Sunday afternoon will never be forgotten by the clubs fans, the former ‘keeper naming David Luiz as his personal choice to take over the armband should a change be made.
“I don’t think fans will forgive him that, ever,” Seaman told talkSPORT. “He’s not one of their favourite players anyway, and then the fact he becomes captain was a surprise to a lot of people.
Granit Xhaka gets booed off by Arsenal fans, tells them to boo louder, tells them to f*ck off and throws his shirt on the floor 😳
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“I’m not sure about the way the captain was chosen, for me the manager has to choose the captain, you don’t let the players do it because the players have favourites.
“What happens now, do they pick another captain? Does the manager choose? And who would he choose? Looking at the squad it’s hard to pick out somebody who is going to be a regular player.
“There are not many leaders there at all.
“I think David Luiz would be a good leader and a good choice, but is he too fresh in the squad to make him captain straight away?
“That wouldn’t bother me, I’d have him as captain any day.”
Unai Emery says Granit Xhaka is "devastated" after Sunday's incident. 😢 pic.twitter.com/82P4EJ8H40
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Meanwhile, Unai Emery insisted that Xhaka was ‘devastated’ to be the target of the Emirates’ boo-boys, though has urged his midfielder to apologise.
“I think we make individual mistakes and we need to make apologies for one circumstance. We suggest him to do that,” Emery said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“We are looking and we are seeing that he is devastated and very down. First is to look after him. We need our family, our friends, our supporters to support us, like us, love us. He is not feeling that with the supporters at the moment.”