Premier League: Arsenal strip Granit Xhaka of captaincy over outburst; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to take over role

Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the club captaincy after an emotional outburst towards supporters.

Agence France-Presse November 06, 2019 09:08:35 IST
Premier League: Arsenal strip Granit Xhaka of captaincy over outburst; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to take over role
  • Xhaka was not included in the squad for the Wolves match or the visit to Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Wednesday.

  • Granit Xhaka, blamed death threats to his family for his furious response, saying he had reached his boiling point.

  • Xhaka had only been confirmed as Arsenal captain in September after a dressing room vote to decide on the skipper.

London: Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the club captaincy after an emotional outburst towards supporters.

Premier League Arsenal strip Granit Xhaka of captaincy over outburst PierreEmerick Aubameyang to take over role

Granit Xhaka (center) appeared to swear at Arsenal supporters after his second half substitution prompted sarcastic cheers against Crystal Palace. AFP

The Swiss international swore and threw the captain's armband to the floor after being booed as he was substituted against Crystal Palace 10 days ago.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who led Arsenal for Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Wolves, will take over as captain.

Xhaka was not included in the squad for the Wolves match or Wednesday's visit to Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League.

"I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he's not one of the captains in our group and I decided that and I told him this morning," Emery said. "He accepted my decision.

"We have now Aubameyang, Hector (Bellerin), (Alexandre) Lacazette and (Mesut) Ozil — they are the four captains, and first is now Aubameyang."

"I needed to take one decision, and now it is closed," Emery added.

Xhaka, 27, blamed death threats to his family for his furious response, saying he had reached "boiling point".

"My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply," he wrote on Instagram.

"People have said things like 'We will break your legs', 'Kill your wife' and 'Wish that your daughter gets cancer'.

"That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium."

Xhaka had only been confirmed as captain by Emery in September after the Spaniard took a dressing room vote to decide on the skipper after the departures of Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech.

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