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Sport Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal – but how much of this saga could have been avoided?

12:50  08 november  2019
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Xhaka wants to win back his Arsenal place

  Xhaka wants to win back his Arsenal place Granit Xhaka has confirmed that he’s ready to fight for his place in the Arsenal squad after being dropped from Unai Emery’s plans. As reported by France 24, Xhaka reveals his ambitions to win back a place in the team.

Granit Xhaka (Albanian pronunciation: [ɡɾaˈnit ˈdʒaka]; born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and captains the

Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, says their manager, Unai Emery, and did not travel with the squad for Thursday’s Europa League Whether Xhaka will play for Arsenal again, Emery offered no direct response and said the club have needed to “take some decisions about some

a group of baseball players that are standing in front of a crowd: Granit Xhaka © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Granit Xhaka

"I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain's group. He accepted my decision. I needed to take a decision and now it's closed."

With that, Granit Xhaka’s short, unhappy time as Arsenal’s captain ended.

Whether it was the right or wrong decision is really secondary to the recognition that, unfortunately, because of how football is, his position had become untenable. Not just as captain, but as an Arsenal player. Almost certainly, Xhaka will be loaned out as soon as the January transfer window opens and, most likely, back to the Bundesliga where his stock remains relatively high.

Arsenal 'willing to sell Granit Xhaka to Borussia Monchengladbach in return for Switzerland team-mate Denis Zakaria' after not playing for Gunners since being stripped of captaincy

  Arsenal 'willing to sell Granit Xhaka to Borussia Monchengladbach in return for Switzerland team-mate Denis Zakaria' after not playing for Gunners since being stripped of captaincy After being stripped of the captaincy, Granit Xhaka is heading towards the exit door at Arsenal, and could be involved in a swap deal for Switzerland team-mate Denis Zakaria at Borussia Monchengladbach.Xhaka has not played since his infamous substitution against Crystal Palace on October 27, when supporters booed the then-Gunners captain off the pitch and the Swiss midfielder reacted angrily.

Granit Xhaka ’s combative reputation has overshadowed his passing qualities which will be on display for Arsenal in the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Most of the Albanian fans respect me. But traitor is unacceptable considering the background of my family.” Xhaka ’s destiny has led him to Wembley and

Before his Emirates meltdown, Xhaka had missed only Premier League game this season through He was the first player to be awarded a new contract when Emery was appointed last year and is Xhaka has been training every day since his Palace outburst and is understood to be none too

Maybe it’s worth dwelling on the mechanics of this situation. Not the practical reality, which is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Xhaka as captain, but the forces which compelled Unai Emery to remove the latter from the leadership group.

Context is important. The events of that game against Crystal Palace speak for themselves: the failure to leave the pitch quickly, the booing, the reaction. That was a fairly formulaic situation and without any further detail it’s hard to argue with Emery’s decision.

(Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

But a complication does exist in the nature of the abuse Xhaka had received in the past. He referenced some of the insults with which he was targeted in his original statement. We needn’t dwell on them here, other than to say that they are the true malignancy in modern football.

Xhaka: I'm 100 per cent behind Arsenal

  Xhaka: I'm 100 per cent behind Arsenal Granit Xhaka says he is "100 per cent" behind Arsenal despite being stripped of the captaincy last month.The 27-year-old has been stripped of the captaincy and absent for the last four matches, with manager Unai Emery suggesting Xhaka may never play for the club again after he was left "devastated, sad and very down" by the incident at the Emirates.

This is how Arsenal could line up against Vitoria in the Europa League tomorrow. And it looks likely to be the game where Xhaka makes his return to Xhaka has been heavily criticised after he reacted angrily after being jeered by Gunners supporters at the Emirates, with the player cupping his ears to

Tired of playing in front of fans who are perennially dissatisfied with their lot in life, Granit Xhaka may leave While speculation surrounding Xhaka ’s imminent departure is unlikely to bother Gooners who Read more . In further bad news for Arsenal fans, midfielder Lucas Torreira is believed to be

Perhaps this isn’t the best example with which to be making this point. In fact, on the basis of how Xhaka’s promotion to the captaincy was handled and what it was seemingly based on, it definitely isn’t. Nevertheless, it evidences again that the one issue which is never addressed, the problem that the game continually bends itself around, is the nature of the criticism suffered by its players. Actually, over time it's become normal, as if a core skill of being a professional footballer is the need to tolerate the block-capital rantings of the emotionally incontinent.

How can that be right? How has it become just 'one of those things' for athletes to receive the kind of messages that Granit Xhaka did. And how has this situation not begun a broader conversation, in which it's considered how this became quite so normal.

Xhaka has been stripped of the captaincy. Fine. He will most likely never play for Arsenal again. Okay. But once the nature of the abuse he was suffering was made public, how did the tone of this discussion not change?

Apologetic Xhaka explains reaction to Arsenal fans: I reached boiling point

  Apologetic Xhaka explains reaction to Arsenal fans: I reached boiling point Granit Xhaka has opened up on the abuse aimed his way as he explained the reasons behind his reaction to being substituted last weekend.Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has explained how he reached "boiling point" in the game against Crystal Palace after receiving online abuse that included death threats against his family.

Arsenal ’s engine has been malfunctioning for months in the absence of Santi Cazorla, but Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey provided cause for renewed optimism against Manchester United.

Newcastle are hoping to land Granit Xhaka in the January window. Xhaka has been dropped by Unai Emery However, the Toon may be scuppered due to Xhaka 's wage demands - with the midfielder Earlier this week, reports claimed Arsenal were likely to offload Xhaka one way or the other as soon

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Instead of it being a placating exercise, in which Arsenal’s relationship with their supporters was the primary (and only) concern, it could have been handled in a way which condemned the actions of those who provoked their captain to the point of an obvious misjudgement.

It’s such a strange contradiction. On the one hand, football clubs spend most of their time making it abundantly clear that the individual fan is of little importance. That, as long as someone pays for the ticket, buys the shirt and stands in line on the concourse, then it doesn’t really matter who.

On the other hand, they are also terrible appeasers. The unintended message left by this Xhaka decision, however you judge its specifics, is that there is never a point at which a player is owed compassion. That if he reacts to something, no matter how grotesque, he is always wrong and must always be disciplined. In this instance, he must be pushed out of sight and mind, like some pariah guilty of causing terrible offence.

Emery: Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again

  Emery: Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again Unai Emery revealed conversations have taken place over whether Granit Xhaka should be sold in January.The midfielder has been absent for the last three matches after telling supporters to "f*** off" as he was jeered as he was substituted during a draw against Crystal Palace last month.

Defenders of Xhaka have asked how much can a player endure, thus seemingly excusing his That being said — and despite the fact that he may not be the calibre of player that once upon a time Unai Emery confirms Granit Xhaka has been stripped of Arsenal captaincy - with Aubameyang

Club skipper Granit Xhaka is likely to come back in as a holding player . German playmaker Mesut Ozil appeared just as happy, having played the last matches, albeit failing Xhaka was slated for his exit against Palace on October 27 as he cupped his ears to taunting fans and stormed down the tunnel.

Again, maybe this isn’t the right example to be using. The vast majority of Arsenal supporters are, of course, fully entitled to be annoyed with their captain for swearing at the crowd and throwing their club colours to the floor. Most of us would probably do the same. But most of us wouldn't weaponise our frustrations with a performance into wishing illness on a player's son or daughter. That aspect has been underplayed. Conversely, Xhaka's gesture - which outside of football's hyper-sensitive atmosphere would be considered relatively benign - has been embellished.

  Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for Arsenal – but how much of this saga could have been avoided? © Reuters

The crowd booed and he returned fire. So what? In the grand scheme of things, so what? It was something to be annoyed about at the time, but how ridiculous that it seems entirely logical that he should have to leave the club as quickly as possible. Particularly given the background to his reaction and what the source of his petulance probably was. 

At some point, football does need to take a stand. It needs to show itself it to be aware of the problems bred by the game’s ubiquity and the rising toxicity within the surrounding culture. It also needs to understand that even when these voices aren’t in a majority, it's important to be brave enough to say: 'no, on the basis of what our captain has endured, this – precious supporter, sending abusive messages on social media – is your problem to get over. These are the indirect consequences of your actions.'

Maybe there isn't a solution. Maybe all the venom is a symptom of something outside football and, as a result, beyond the game's control. But maybe it would also be easier to tolerate if the sport didn't just shrug its shoulders and clutch its pearls whenever this behaviour draws a response.

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Nicholas: Xhaka has no Arsenal future .
Granit Xhaka's "atrocious" behaviour means it would be a surprise if he played for Arsenal again, according to the club's former striker Charlie Nicholas. Arsenal will meet with captain Xhaka in the next few days to discuss his angry reaction to being substituted during Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace.Unai Emery said following the match that "now is the time to stay calm" and while Xhaka faces an anxious wait to learn his fate, Nicholas - who spent four and a half years with Arsenal - believes the Switzerland international should not play for the club again.

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