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‘Both sides overreacted a bit’ – Granit Xhaka on the row which cost him the Arsenal captaincy

It was an unsavoury incident which ultimately cost Granit Xhaka the Arsenal captaincy, and now the player has opened up on the issue he had with Gunners fans.

A spiky character at the best of times, the Swiss midfielder took umbrage at his own supporters jeering him off of the pitch as he was subbed in a match against Crystal Palace.

Instead of just walking off as might be expected of a professional player, Xhaka decided to cup his ears to the crowd and take off his shirt in disgust, prompting a furious reaction from the Emirates Stadium patrons.

“The subject is closed for me,” he told Bild, cited by the Daily Mirror. “Maybe it was also a misunderstanding, and both sides overreacted a bit.

“The fans can be sure that I always go beyond my limits and give everything for Arsenal.”

Ever since that point, there appears to have been something of a disconnect between player and fans, and frankly Xhaka only has himself to blame.

Many working class fans pay their hard-earned to be entertained, and they’ll soon let a player know it if they don’t believe a performance has been up to the standard expected.

Xhaka, particularly being captain at the time, should’ve known better than to react.

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