The Arsenal captain reacted angrily after his replacement during Arsenal’s 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Xhaka threw his arms up in the air and prodded his ears as the boon grew louder. Then he put a mouthful of ** f ** k off * on the fans before taking off his shirt and
Storm under the tunnel.
Following the incident, Unai Emery urged Zahka to make a swift apology, but Switzerland International waited since Thursday.
An evening to address the situation. In a statement, Xhaka wrote: after taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to explain rather than a quick response. Intuition The scenes happening around my replacement have moved me deeply.
I like this club very much and always give 100% on the pitch. My feeling of not being understood by the fans and repeated derogatory comments on matches and social media over the last weeks and months has hurt deeply.
Things people have shouted things like “we will break your leg”, “kill your wife” and “wish your daughter had cancer”.
This caused me to stir and I reached a boiling point when I felt rejection at the stadium on Sunday, In this situation, I distanced myself and reacted in a way that disrespected our club, our team and the group of fans who supported themselves.
With positive energy. And that has not been my objective and I am sorry if people thought that.
That is my wish that we go back to a place of mutual respect, Remembering why we fell in love with the game in the first place. Let’s move forward positively.
Xhaka played no part in the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool in midweek, and Emery is set to reveal on Friday if he will feature against Wolves this weekend.