Unai Emery reveals Granit Xhaka is ‘devastated’ following fight with Arsenal fans

Tanya Simon
November 11, 2019

A thrilling draw may have ensued but it was Xhaka's antics which will now dominate the coming days and Emery - who has backed the 27-year-old amid growing criticism - admitted the Switzerland midfielder acted incorrectly and refused to confirm if he would retain the captaincy.

Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, Emery believes Xhaka should apologise but also said the Swiss global feels great remorse over what happened.

He then rejected a handshake from Emery as he took off his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.

"At the moment I am not speaking and I don't want to think about that", the Spaniard said. "We need to transmit that connection with them".

Emery confirmed Xhaka has been left out of his plans to face Liverpool on Wednesday while David Luiz, Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang had also been omitted from the group.

After taking a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes versus Palace, the Gunners were eventually pegged for a 2-2 draw.

On a toxic evening of controversy and vitriol, which included Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka appearing to swear at the home supporters after being booed, the Gunners thought they had snatched victory in the 85th minute when Sokratis Papastathopoulos bundled the ball in after a corner.

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Referring to the refusal of the Premier League referees to see repetitions on the available touch screens, the Arsenal chief added: "If the referee observed that action on television, I am sure he would not decide that it was a foul. office with the TV, I don't know who is the person who decides this".

He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. "He is now devastated, sad. We need to speak inside (the club)".

'His commitment with the club is great every time, he wants to help.

"First is to recover him". His behaviour was ideal in training, with the group and club.

Being singled out for abuse like that must feel awful and not many of us will know what it feels like to deal with. It's normal as a human. We need to stay calm and speak to him internally about that.

However, Palace would leave the Emirates Stadium with a point as Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty awarded by the video assistant referee after Wilfried Zaha had initially been booked for diving, with Jordan Ayew's second-half header pegging Arsenal back. "He doesn't know the love those people have for the club and the players, they always support you".

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