‘Any hopes for him staying are surely gone’: Arsenal fans furious at Granit Xhaka laughing and smiling with Frankfurt players after defeat
- Granit Xhaka made his first start for Arsenal since telling fans to ‘f *** off’
- Fans appeared to instead direct their anger to struggling boss Unai Emery
- But some picked up on Xhaka laughing and joking with opposition after losing
There’s not much to smile about atArsenalat the moment, especially for Granit Xhaka. Or so you’d think.
The midfielder was stripped of his captaincy last month after telling his own fans to ‘f *** off’ before storming down the tunnel againstCrystal Palace.
He returned tonight when Arsenal took on Eintracht Frankfurt in a bid to progress to theEuropa Leagueknockout stages and infuriated fans further after he was caught on camera laughing with and hugging the opposition players after his side were beaten.
Xhaka returned tonight when Arsenal took on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League
BT Sport cameras picked up the moment he was seen in a friendly embrace with the German side’s players inculcating their captain David Abraham and international teammate Gelson Fernandes after The Gunners ‘2-1 defeat.
The 27 – year-old appeared to be on the road to redemption when his name was cheered when it was announced pregame.
He was also given a warm applause when it looked like he might have went off due to an injury.
Former captain appeared in good spirits despite yet another poor performance from Arsenal
Arsenal fans took to Twitter in their droves to condemn him for his post match behavior
But Arsenal fans soon reverted to their recent type when they spotted the Swiss looking unusually happy after the game.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: ‘Xhaka smiling and laughing … exit him in January. Horrendous player. Needs to go. ‘
Another added:’ Get out of my club ASAP. ‘
The midfielder was stripped of his captaincy last month after telling his own fans to ‘f *** off’
Unai Emery is now under huge pressure to keep his job as Arsenal boss after Frankfurt defeat
One said: ‘They literally don’t give as ***.’
While one wrote: ‘Any hopes for Xhaka staying are surely gone with him looking chirpy after the final whistle.
‘Professional pride be damned with our players.’
Xhaka’s apparent indiscretion may go largely unnotcied as it is likely yet another poor performance from his teammates will grab the headlines – and heap the pressure on boss Unai Emery.
His team remain top of Group F and on course for the knockout rounds but this defeat served only to extend a winless run to seven games and leave the beleaguered Spaniard on the brink.
One fan went as far as to say that: ‘Any hopes for Xhaka staying are surely gone’ afterwards