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

20 Sep

Pochettino sympathises with Carver

first_img Handed the reins until the end of the season following Alan Pardew’s departure, the Geordie has not had the easiest of rides – something Pochettino sympathises with, to an extent at least. “In your career, sometimes maybe you are up and sometimes you are down,” the Spurs boss said. “We know the stress. “You suffer a lot when things are not good, so for that reason I care a lot about my colleague. “I think we understand that when you put your face in front on the touchline and you are a head coach or a manager, you are responsible. “If you want to keep your place, you need to stay behind (the scenes). The manager, the head coach, needs to be brave because it is not an easy job. “When the good things happen, sometimes it is good to hear ‘good job’, ‘good manager’, ‘good man’. “When the problems arrive, it is difficult to be in a good mood like me today. But it is important to be brave and to be calm and to be clever because you need to understand this is football.” Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker are among several Spurs doubts for the trip to St James’ Park, where Pochettino’s men will look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing few weeks. A number of fans will boycott the Magpies’ match against Spurs on Sunday in a show of defiance against owner Mike Ashley as another disappointing season comes to a close. The protest may well hinder United’s chances of a first Premier League win since February, which will no doubt ratchet up the pressure on Carver. Press Association Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino sympathises with under-pressure John Carver, even though his Newcastle counterpart knew exactly what he was letting himself in for. A goalless draw at Burnley was followed by defeat at White Hart Lane to Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, but the Spurs boss insists his players’ are not already thinking of their summer holidays. “When you lose it is an easy explanation,” Pochettino said. “In football we use a lot of those but it’s not true. “When you lose we need to be serious and analyse why. But it is difficult to explain sometimes why. “It is true that different things happen during the season, we are up or down. But it is true that the last two games were not good. We need to improve.” last_img read more