Arsenal news: Granit Xhaka future to be decided by Gunners chiefs | Football | Sport


Arsenal are planning to meet with club captain Granit Xhaka this week to discuss his angry reaction to being substituted during his side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Xhaka’s Arsenal were 2-0 up in the game after goals from David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos before Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew pegged the north London side back.

Papastathopoulos thought he had won the game with a late finish before VAR ruled the goal out after Calum Chambers fouled Gary Cahill in the build-up to the goal.

But amongst all that action, Xhaka was brought off the pitch by manager Unai Emery for Bukayo Saka.

Xhaka, however, responded angrily after Arsenal fans began to cheer the change by snubbing Emery’s handshake and appearing to swear at supporters.

And the club, who have yet to comment publicly on the situation, are due to talk to the Swiss star about his actions, according to Sky Sports.

Emery has already condemned Xhaka’s decision to storm off the pitch but refused to say whether he would be stripped of the captaincy.

Xhaka was given the armband earlier this season, but his performances on the pitch have left a lot to be desired.

Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League on 16 points, four points behind Chelsea, who have won four games on the bounce.

Xhaka will return to Arsenal training on Tuesday, in preparation for the club’s tie with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

While Arsenal are yet to decide on whether to punish Xhaka, the FA will not be taking any action against him.

There have been calls from Arsenal fans and ex-professionals alike for Xhaka to be stripped of the captains armband.

Sky Sports pundit and former Gunners forward Charlie Nicholas has also claimed he’d be surprised to see Xhaka play for Arsenal again ‘in any capacity’.

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