Granit Xhaka has disabled the comments on his Instagram for a second time after receiving abusive messages.

Xhaka had a disappointing evening during Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Swansea last Tuesday.

As is the way with modern day social media, his poor performance was greeted with piles of scorn and abuse from so-called supporters and has resulted in the player disabling comments on his Instagram.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As noted by the r/Gunners sub-Reddit, this is the second time this has happened.

It’s one thing for a player to receive criticism about his performance. It’s entirely another for him to be abused for it.

Social media gives us access to players we never had before.

Unfortunately, that privilege can be easily exploited by the more unsavoury people who use it.

Xhaka isn’t having an easy season.

He was expected to kick-on after a mixed season last time out, but has struggled at the base of our midfield.

We want our players to be performing well, but fans also have a responsibility to create an environment for that to happen.

Hopefully, Xhaka will able to use the comments as extra motivation to turn his form around and show his quality again.