- Granit Xhaka has tendered an apology to Arsenal fans following verbal insult with home fans
- The Swiss star was substituted in Crystal Palace draw, sparking up his anger at Arsenal fans before walking down the tunnel
- With his captaincy and leadership now in doubt, the 27-year-old has called for mutual respect from the home fans
Granit Xhaka has eventually swallowed a humble pie with an emotional message of apology to Arsenal fans following verbal insult that saw him walk down the tunnel in a wild fury.
The Swiss international drew the irk of home fans after being substituted in Arsenal's shocking 2-2 draw to Crytal Palace.
The 27-year-old was seen removing his jersey and reportedly vanished from Emirates Stadium in anger before the match ended, putting his leadership in question with Unai Emery kicking against the team captain's flagrant disrespect to the fans.
Initially, there was an indication that he refused to apologised after being admonished to do so, but the midfielder has now swallowed his pride with a brief note of apology which also sheds more light on the cause of his anger.
"The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100 per cent on and off the pitch.
“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.People have said things like 'We will break your legs … kill your wife. . .that has stirred me up,'' The Swiss said.
Xhaka further apologised for his wrong emotion and said that his reaction "that disrespected the group of fans that support our club" was a misplaced anger.
"I'm sorry if that's what people thought. My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place. Let's move forward positively together," the midfielder said.
Some Arsenal fans have reacted to the apology with a section of comment blaming the Swiss for excess of action.
''Now I understand why he reacted the way he did on Sunday but as a professional, he would have handled the situation better. He made a mockery of the club with that show of shame. His days at the club are numbered,'' a fan, Ogunyinka Lekan said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subjected to abuses by fans as he left Emirates Stadium hours after Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday, October 27.
The Gunners surrendered a two-goal advantage during the first half of the match, with Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojević finding the back of the net to draw Palace level.
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