Arsenal aren’t planning to take disciplinary action against Granit Xhaka for his actions in Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace, according to reports.
Xhaka’s substitution at the weekend was cheered sarcastically by sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd, and he responded by trudging slowly off the pitch despite his team needing a goal.
This provoked the fans to shout angrily at him to hurry up. He gestured at them to get louder, boos started to ring out, he cupped his hand to his ear then pulled off his shirt and walked down the tunnel. He also appeared to mouth “f**k off” in the direction of the supporters on multiple occasions.
It’s clear both the fans and the player disrespected each other, and it’s hardly a good look for an Arsenal captain to be involved in such confrontations. However, The S*n claim the club aren’t set to take any action against Xhaka for his part in it.
Unai Emery also suggested the Swiss international isn’t yet willing to apologise, saying in his pre-Liverpool press conference: “We suggested he gave an apology. But in his mind he is not ready to do that because he is devastated inside.”
The positive here is that we know if and when Xhaka does provide an apology, it will be a genuine one. It would have been rather inauthentic of him to storm off the pitch in the way he did then immediately come out with an apology out together by the club’s PR team.
Everything is just going to remain a bit up in the air for now.