There was mostly just one main talking point that dominated all others on Sunday and that was Granit Xhaka being booed by the Arsenal fans as he slow marched off the pitch and his subsequent reaction.
Cupping an ear to his own supporters before telling them to ‘f**k off,’ it would seem there is no way back for the man few at the club apart from Unai Emery wanted as club captain.
After the game, Emery was obviously asked about it all.
“He was wrong,” Emery said clearly which is quit unlike him.
“He was wrong. Now we need to stay calm and speak with him, to speak inside about that reaction. His reaction was wrong in that moment.
“We are working, me and the club, inside with every player to manage playing under pressure. We need to be clever in our minds and create habits under pressure for our minds to be clearer.
“We can play with our hearts and can be hot in difficult moments, but our minds must be clever. We are going to speak about that, of course, because the reaction was wrong. We will speak with the players and the club about this reaction.
“We are here because we have supporters. We are the workers inside, but we play for them. We need to have a lot of respect from them, through applause and criticism.
“We are here because we have supporters. We are the workers inside, but we play for them. We need to have a lot of respect from them, through applause and criticism.”
He was also asked if Xhaka would remain as captain and I think it’s telling he didn’t say ‘yes’. “It’s not the moment to speak about that,” Emery answered. “First, I want to speak with him and the club, and we want to stay calm before we speak about that. He was not right to do that.”
It’s also telling that he wants to speak to ‘the club’ showing that he, perhaps, does not have that power all by himself.