Paul Merson defends Granit Xhaka following outburst against Arsenal supporters

first_img Comment Paul Merson insists Granit Xhaka cares about Arsenal as the fallout over his outburst continues (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has admitted that Granit Xhaka’s reaction against Crystal Palace on Sunday was ‘shocking’ but he defended the Arsenal captain by stating that he cares for the club.Xhaka was substituted in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace and reacted furiously to jeers from supporters by telling them to ‘f*** off’ as he made his way off the pitch and down the tunnel.The 26-year-old has so far refused to apologise for his actions and has caused further controversy after changing his profile picture on Instagram from a picture of him wearing an Arsenal to shirt to one in a Switzerland one instead.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Merson condemned Xhaka’s actions, he insisted that it was a ‘heat of the moment’ outburst from the Switzerland international, who has come in for plenty of criticism since his move to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Xhaka was left furious by the reaction of Arsenal’s supporters to his substitution (Picture: Getty)Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Xhaka’s behaviour was shocking but at the same time, he’s hurt. He’s the captain, he’s getting booed off the pitch, the fans are going mad and it’s the heat of the moment.‘It’s not nice and no one wants to get booed off the pitch, I don’t care who you are. You could be the best player in the world and even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi wouldn’t like to be booed off the pitch.‘Looking back now, in the heat of the moment, you’re the captain and usually the last people to come off are the captains, then the crowd take it out on him. If he could have that one moment back, he probably wouldn’t do it, but it’s heat of the moment stuff.‘I’m one of his biggest critics but he does care. I’ve seen some people come off pitches and they don’t care, they fly off and run faster off the pitch than they did during the game.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA number of ex-Arsenal players have since spoken out about the incident with Emmanuel Petit, Nigel Winterburn and Merson’s Sky Sports colleague Charlie Nicholas, among those calling for Xhaka to be stood down as club captain.Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Xhaka would not be involved in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday and some have questioned whether the midfielder has played his last game for the club.Merson doesn’t expect that to be the case, though, adding: ‘It’s a hard one for the club because Unai Emery rates him, he’s the one player who plays every week so I would have thought Emery will want this to blow over really.‘I don’t think it will be an Ozil situation where he says ‘that’s it, you’re not playing for the club again’.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 5:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link139Shares Paul Merson defends Granit Xhaka following outburst against Arsenal supporters Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona forward drops Liverpool hint on Instagram

first_imgFrench forward Ousmane Dembele has dropped a huge hint he would welcome a move to Liverpool after liking a picture of him in the club’s strip.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Barcelona won’t let Chilean star join Inter MilanHead coach of the B team, Neil MacFarlane, said: “Joe has been here for a number of years and last year he had a pretty fruitful season in terms of being the top goal scorer and playing a number of games.“He’s perhaps come to the end of his time with the club in terms of the strategy, and to go to a club the size of Liverpool can only be good for him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Barcelona forward is experiencing a difficult season at the Nou Camp and has been continually linked with a transfer elsewhere.center_img He has attracted interest from both Man Utd and Chelsea , though there is little suggestion Liverpool are planning a bid for his services.But that has not deterred the Frenchman, who teased he would be open to a switch to Anfield with his latest social media activity.A fan account dedicated to Dembele posted a picture of the star mocked-up in full Liverpool kit celebrating a goal with Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.Underneath the image you can clearly see Dembele himself has liked it from his own personal account, along with thousands of others Instagram users.His actions are likely to anger Barcelona fans and club chiefs, with the winger increasingly unsettled at the Spanish club.Dembele joined Barca in a mega-money move back in 2017, but has come under fire for his attitude.He has previously missed training sessions, and medical check-ups, leading to criticism over his professionalism and lifestyle.He has made just nine appearances for Barcelona this season, having fallen behind Antoine Griezmann in the pecking order.Meanwhile, Liverpool have completed their second signing of the January transfer window.The Reds have snapped up former Man City academy star Joe Hardy from Brentford B.Hardy left City in the 2016/17 season, and has since notched 40 goals in 80 appearances for Brentford B. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

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