Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka is no longer the club captain. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been named the new club captain, an upgrade from his assistant captain role.
Xhaka was involved in an angry confrontation with the fans during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates. He was subbed off during the game which resulted in the Switzerland international been booed as he walked off the pitch at Emirates Stadium, prompting him to cup his ear.
Emery suggested that Xhaka should have apologised to the club’s supporters.
In a statement on the event, he said: “We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that,” said Emery at the time. “Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep.”
Xhaka refused to outrightly apologize, although he did admit he got carried away and reacted disrespectfully to the fans.
In his words, “The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply,” Xhaka said in statement on Instagram last month. “I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.
“My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months, have hurt me deeply.
“People have said things like, ‘We will break your legs’, ‘Kill your wife’ and ‘Wish that your daughter gets cancer’. That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.”
Granit Xhaka wasn’t included in the squad that travelled to Portugal for the Europa League match against Victoria. He also didn’t feature in the last Premier League match against Wolves.
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