Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been forced to disable his comments on Instagram after receiving ‘death threats’ and a barrage of abuse from supporters.

Xhaka’s performance against Liverpool was just as poor as the rest of the team, with Arsenal slipping to an embarrassing 4-0 loss. But the midfielder took a lot of stick on social media, and as a result he has disabled comments on his latest post as he heads off for the international break.

The 24-year-old went into the new season in the good books of fans after good late season performances, followed by a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

However, mistakes in the following few games, combined with Arsenal’s nosedive in form, have left fans back at their worst. Xhaka reportedly even received death threats from certain supporters.

The Swiss international has been an important part of Arsenal’s creative output in the new system, making seven chances in his first three games. There’s no doubt for me that he will be a key part of whatever Arsenal achieve this season, and regardless of that, death threats are never acceptable or necessary.

Despite struggling for form early, no player deserves such horrific treatment from so-called supporters.