The captain of Arsenal, Xhaka, will miss Wolves' clash while the dispute between fans rumbles

LONDON: Unai Emery Has confirmed Granit Xhaka I'll miss Arsenal clash with Wolves on Saturday while the fan of the Swiss midfielder rumbles.

Xhaka appeared to swear at Arsenal supporters after his second half substitution prompted sarcastic cheers and booing during Sunday's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old cupped his ears, waved his arms angrily and took off his shirt before breaking into the tunnel.

Xhaka has faced calls to be stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and he was left out for Wednesday's League Cup defeat at Liverpool after Gunners boss Emery admitted his reaction was wrong.

Xhaka, who was also booed against Aston Villa Earlier this season, he revealed Thursday that he reached the boiling point after a series of sick teasing him and his family through social networks.

With Wolves visiting the Emirates Stadium this weekend, it is possible Xhaka would have endured more abuse after the statement offered only a faint apology for his actions.

Emery has decided again that it is better to get Xhaka off the firing line to stop the controversy that distracts his players in an important Premier League match.

He apologized, apologized to the supporters, to everyone and now the focus is for tomorrow's game, Emery told reporters on Friday.

I don't think I'm going to play tomorrow. I think that tomorrow he will not play because I think that now we must also focus only 100% on the match.

Xhaka was already a disliked figure among many Arsenal fans after lackluster displays since his 2016 arrival from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

His failure to block the cross that led to Palace's draw goal on Sunday was the straw that broke the glass for some in the Emirates, as they expressed their frustrations.

A decision over the captaincy remains to be announced, although Xhaka is said to retain the backing of Arsenal 's players, who voted him as skipper in pre-season.

comments