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

31 Aug

German Journalist Tears Into Nigerian-Born Defender Over Eagles Snub

first_imgRelatedAKPOGUMA: Nigeria Will Be My Second OptionNovember 2, 2018In “National Team”Akpoguma Must Decide If He Wants To Play For Nigeria Or Not – RohrNovember 21, 2017In “Europe”Eagles Target Akpoguma Pens New Deal With ClubDecember 19, 2017In “Europe” Respected German journalist Roland Mark has slammed Nigerian-born German defender Kevin Akpoguma after the 22-year old snubbed Nigeria’s overtures in favour of Germany.In a chat with Own Goal, Mark said Akpoguma would be better served representing Nigeria instead of waiting on an invitation that may never come from Germany.He has played for different Germany youth teams but is presently a long way away from the senior national side.In his words, Mark said: “It’s scary how some players think they can have a future at a team that doesn’t even know if they exist at all. I think Akpoguma is trying to get Germany to notice him by turning down Nigeria.”Speaking further, Mark said: “This is the first time he is having a taste of the Bundesliga, and he is already 22. In the Germany national team there are about 8 players ahead of him, and a further 7 waiting in the wings. Among them he is by far the oldest among all and the least rated.””If not for injuries he wouldn’t have been in the team of Hoffeinheim. Credit to him he has taken the chance to make an impression but in just few games, and one of the games was the one Rohr watched.”He has to reconsider and play for Nigeria, that is his surest way of going to the World Cup. He need to take a cue from Leon Balogun who is now considered by some in Germany as one who got away from them, thanks to his display for Nigeria.” he concluded.last_img read more

22 Dec

KCCA come from behind to overcome Express at Wankulukuku

first_imgAzam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC 1-2 KCCA FCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuTuesday, 01-05-2018The KCCA team that started against Express (pictures by Shaban Lubega)KCCA had to do it the hard way as they overcame a spirited Express side 2-1 at Wankulukuku to move second in the Azam Uganda Premier League.Allan Okello and Jackson Nunda each struck once in the first half to cancel out Ayub Kisalita’s early penalty as KCCA registered only their fouth win away from home this season.The game started slowly but came to life in the 14thminute when Jalili Kisujju ran through on goal but pulled his strike wide of Tom Ikara’s goal.Express IX that started the 2-1 loss against KCCAKCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi was forced into an early substitution as anchorman Isaac kirabira was pulled off in a tactical move after only 17 minutes and was replaced by Paul Mucurezi.The move immediately back fired as the two time league defending champions where soon 1-0 down. Express talisman Micheal Birungi sent in a cross from the right into the penalty area and Jalili fell to the ground under pressure from Filbert Obenchan and the referee pointed to the spot.Former SC Villa defender turn midfielder Ayub Kisalita stepped up and sent Ikara the wrong way to put the home side into the lead, much to the jubilations of the Express faithful.Allan Okello restored purity for the away side on 31 minutes when he poked home a loose ball after Express goalkeeper Godwin Bule had saved from a Timothy Awanyi header.The first card of the game came two minutes later when Obenchan fouled Jalil and was shown yellow.A couple of minutes to half time, Lawrence Bukenya played Jackson Nunda through on goal and the tall silky midfielder slotted in expertly one on one with Bule. The referee allowed the goal to stand despite protest by the home fans who were claiming offside.Before the ball was put into the center circle, the livid fans started throwing stones both to the linesman and some KCCA fans and play was halted for 10 minutes until order was restored.The referee with some Express players after the Express fans started throwing stones to the linesmanOn 55 minutes, first half substitute Mucurezi should have made it 3-1 to KCCA but he failed to control his run after rounding Bule and Express captain Hitmana came to the rescue of the Red Eagles and cleared for a throw in.Three minutes later, Julius Poloto sent in a delicious cross from the right and it was met by Okello who was unmarked in the penalty area but his weak header went off target.Nunda had a chance to improve his day’s tally to two on the hour mark but his long range strike went off target with Bule clearly beaten.Express’s second half substitute Alfred Leku robbed Awanyi of the ball deep into KCCA’s half but his cross sailed across goal with no one to poke it home.With six minutes of normal time to play, Derrick Nsibambi who came on for Okello on 76 minutes, raced through on goal but could not finish as he was closed down by Bule and the striker’s effort bounced off the keeper’s chest.Express had one final chance to level the game but Leku could not connect with a cross from the left, leaving Ikara to bravely punch the ball out of touch for a corner.At the sound of the final whitsle, angry Express fans throw stones and other objects to KCCA FC players as they went to the dressing rooms and the riot Police had to fire bullets and tear gas to restore order.The win for KCCA means that they move to second on the table with 51 points from 26 games, four behind leaders Vipers who defeated Proline 3-1 on the same day at Lugogo.For Express, they remained third from bottom with 26 points from as many games with only four games to play.Other games played today:Bright Stars 0-0 UPDF FCProline 1-3 Vipers SCPolice 1-0 SoanaBul FC 2-0 MaroonsWednesday’s fixtures:SC Villa vs Kirinya JSSMasavu vs Mbarara CityOnduparaka vs URA FCComments Tags: allan okelloAzam UPLExpress FCjackson nundaKCCA FCMike Mutebilast_img read more