Arsene Wenger is the latest big name to air his thoughts on Granit Xhaka’s situation at Arsenal. The Swiss international was stripped of the captaincy following his behaviour towards the club’s fans in the Gunners 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
The 27-year-old was jeered off by Arsenal faithfuls when he was substituted in the game against the Eagles and he reacted by cupping his ear, and throwing his jersey on the ground before going off into the tunnel.
While some have defended the former Borussia Moncheglabach’s midfielder behaviour, Wenger believes Xhaka could have handled the situation in a different way. The 70-year-old who brought Xhaka to the club said this on Bein Sports where he is working as a pundit.
When asked if Xhaka was right to react that way, the Frenchman said: ‘You can always but it doesn’t mean in any club… it’s not the motorway, ‘You have people with passion, with the pressure they are under, with the disappointment they carry out, they have sometimes reactions you don’t want. ‘But you have to remind people of the behaviour you want.
On Emery’s decision to remove him as captain, Wenger revealed that’s part of the tough decisions managers have to make.
‘We always face the unexpected as a manager, you have to make quick decisions. ‘I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it’s built on values and everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respected.
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‘Arsenal, for me, had always had a touch of class, for me football today in the modern era has a huge responsibility on the way we behave, the way were are examples, Arsenal are part of the big clubs in the world and we have to show that.’