Football Transfer News: Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka in Denis Zakaria deal?
Granit Xhaka’s future at Arsenal looks more uncertain than ever before.
The incident against Crystal Palace saw the midfielder stripped of the club captaincy and the Switzerland international has missed four Arsenal games since.
So what next for Xhaka? There has been a lot of comments made about the extraordinary incident and what’s for certain is that head coach Unai Emery has a massive call to make with speculation growing about an exit in January.
With that said, here’s everything that’s happened with Xhaka including comments from club legends, teammates, Emery and the next steps in the situation.
Club legends speak out
A number of former players – including Ian Wright, Nigel Winterburn and Martin Keown – have had their say on what should happen to Xhaka.
Many of which are demanding he be stripped of the captaincy, meanwhile Emmanuel Petit described the incident as a “betrayal”.
Emery said that Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans on Sunday and he expanded more on the situation during his pre-Liverpool press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s not easy for him and for the team. He is now devastated, sad,” Emery said. “We spoke yesterday and Sunday night and this morning.
“He trained normally with the group but he is devastated. He is sad about that situation.
“His commitment is great every time. He wants to help. His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really he knows he was wrong.
“He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.”
Xhaka to offer an apology?
As of yet, Xhaka hasn’t broken his silence amid what happened at the weekend.
But will he apologise to the Arsenal fans? Emery has had his say.
“But now what is the response we are seeing is he is devastated. The first is recover him. His feeling… we need our family, our friends, our supporters to support us, like us, love us.
“He’s not feeling that with the supporters.
“We are speaking with him. First be calm, be close with your family, be close with us also because we are your family. Be close also, we are going to try, with our supporters.
“This is a step little by little in our moment.”