Xhaka lifts lid on x-rated row with Arsenal fans and being stripped of captaincy

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka claims he and the club's fans both overreacted during his outburst back in October.

The Swiss midfielder was jeered off as he was substituted against Crystal Palace.

But rather than turn the other cheek Xhaka reacted angrily, cupping his ear before taking his shirt off and storming down the tunnel.

It resulted in him being stripped of the captaincy but he believes the situation was something of a "misunderstanding".

"The subject is closed for me," he told Bild. "Maybe it was also a misunderstanding, and both sides overreacted a bit.

"The fans can be sure that I always go beyond my limits and give everything for Arsenal."

The incident cast doubt over his Arsenal future and after Unai Emery made Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his captain Xhaka seemed even closer to the exit door.

A January move to Hertha Berlin was touted just as the Spaniard was replaced in the dugout by Mikel Arteta.

The former Manchester City No 2 made it clear he wanted the 27-year-old to remain at the Emirates upon his arrival.

And Xhaka received plenty of praise from his manager earlier this week.


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