18 Oct

Emmanuel Petit calls on Unai Emery to remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain after Crystal Palace outburst

first_img Comment Granit Xhaka’s status as Arsenal captain is under threat after his reaction against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit believes it will be ‘impossible’ for Granit Xhaka to remain as Arsenal captain and believes Unai Emery should stand him down from the role following his outburst against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The 27-year-old was substituted midway the second half of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with the Eagles at the Emirates and there were ironic cheers from the home supporters at Emery’s decision to replace him with Bukayo Saka.Those cheers quickly turned to jeers after Xhaka tossed his captain’s armband to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cupped his ears in retaliation and told fans to ‘f*** off’ as he made his way off the pitch before removing his shirt and heading down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementPetit, who won the double with Arsenal in 1998, blasted Xhaka’s actions as ‘unacceptable’ and not befitting of a captain of the club, comparing the Swiss international unfavourably to his former teammates Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Xhaka removed his shirt as he made his way down the tunnel following his substitution (Picture: Getty)‘I have never seen something like what happened with Granit Xhaka before,’ he told Paddy Power. ‘For me, he can’t be the Arsenal captain any longer. It’s impossible. What he did was unacceptable.‘What he did on the pitch is one thing, I’ve made it clear that I don’t know what he adds to the team. But what Xhaka did as he left the pitch is totally different. You can’t do that – it’s like betrayal in England.‘I played with guys like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira – real leaders, big captains – and they showed the personality and character of what it means to be Arsenal captain, whatever happened on the pitch.‘Adams and Vieira always respected the fans – I don’t think Xhaka understands what it means to be a supporter in England. He doesn’t know the love those people have for the club and the players, they always support you. I appreciate my time in England because of that.‘I have witnessed fans booing players before, of course, but not like this. The anger was something else. It’s clear, they don’t want Xhaka to play for Arsenal any more.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter the game on Sunday, Emery admitted that Xhaka was ‘wrong’ to react the way that he did but according to reports, the midfielder has refused a request by the club to apologise to supporters over the incident.Petit added: ‘It’s very difficult for the Arsenal fans to forgive Xhaka. They don’t want him to play for their club any more. To pass over what happened would be really difficult for Unai Emery – is he going to have the guts to keep Xhaka as captain? I’m not sure.‘But, more importantly, are the club are going to do something about what happened? I think they have to, as a message to the fans and the players.‘Whatever happens on the pitch, the fans have the right to boo and show they are unhappy, the same way they have the right to applaud when you score and win games. It’s normal.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link188Sharescenter_img Petit thinks that Unai Emery should remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are next in action against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and although Emery is expected to rotate his side anyway, Petit thinks it is unlikely that Xhaka will feature in the game at Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For now, I’ll be very surprised if he’s on the team-sheet for the Liverpool game,’ he said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Emmanuel Petit calls on Unai Emery to remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain after Crystal Palace outburst Advertisementlast_img read more

6 Oct

Virtual tours launch at Haven

first_imgHaven have launched virtual tours at their display village using virtual headsets, Meredith Sweeney, Ellis Marketing and Sales coordinator demonstrates. Picture: Shae Beplate.PEOPLE building their dream home at Haven will be able to view their house before the first sod is turned with the launch of virtual tours.Haven have launched a Virtual Display Village at their sales and information office in Garbutt which will transport clients into realistic and scaled version of homes.Prospective buyers put on a virtual reality headset or navigate with a computer to “walk” around one of five different homes on offer.Ellis Development director Stephen Ellis said the virtual experience was unique to the Townsville new construction market.“When we first launched Haven, we had plans to build a couple of show homes,” Mr Ellis said. “However, the response from the Townsville market was overwhelming and we found ourselves needing to devote ourselves full-time to building homes for our new clients.“Virtual tours are important for clients as they help to mitigate some of the perceived risk involved with committing to a purchase of a home that does not exist yet.“They can really start to see themselves living in the home more so than with just a two-dimensional floor plan or drawing.”The virtual tours showcase the wide range of homes on offer at Haven which offers everything from a one-bedroom executive loft priced at $249,000 to large custom homes.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020There are five models available for virtual tours with another three models in the works.Potential buyer Nell Petraello said virtual tours were a great time saver.“It was something very different, but I was able to see exactly what I wanted in the houses,” she said.“Because I own my own business, time is very valuable and I don’t have four hours to spend walking around a bunch of display homes.“This was great because I got to tour multiple homes and take note of what features I liked in a new build.”Haven marketing and sales co-ordinator Meredith Sweeney said there was a range of virtual tours to suit a variety of budgets.“It’s all well and good to walk through a gorgeous display home with all the bells and whistles, however, often people fall in love with a home that is out of their financial reach,” she said.“That is why we wanted to create a variety of virtual tours to meet everyone’s budget. “If we know a potential client has a limited budget, we are able to show them exactly what they can achieve.”last_img read more