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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Tuesday May 26th Local Sports

first_imgSPORTS CLASSICS TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2013 3A Substate Baseball — Clear Lake vs. Decorah — 7:00AM-1300 KGLO — May 3, 2011 — Twins vs. White Sox, Francisco Liriano throws no-hitter — 7:00 IOWA CITY — College baseball players are still hoping to get some experience in one of several summer leagues that have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa coach Rick Heller says all of his players are waiting for the all clear. One of the most prestigious leagues in the country, the Cape Cod League, has cancelled its season.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 1Heller says getting some experience in a summer league is even more important this year.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 2Heller says some of his players who have pro aspirations may be looking for a summer league spot.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 3 IOWA CITY — Iowa football players hope to return to campus to begin preparations for next season as soon as possible. The Big Ten has banned on campus workouts through the end of the month and players are working out on their own. Senior defensive end Chauncey Golston.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 1Receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette says after missing out on spring practice the Hawkeyes need as much of the summer as possible to be together.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 2Smith-Marsette says without spring ball the Hawkeyes feel as though they are behind in their development as a team.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 3Senior defensive lineman Austin Schulte is looking forward to a return to campus.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 4Schulte says as Iowa begins to open up he is confident they will be together for much of the summer.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 5Iowa is scheduled to open the season September 5th hosting Northern Iowacenter_img DES MOINES — Drake football coach Todd Stepsis says the school is looking at options if any of their games are cancelled for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs are part of the Pioneer Football League, which stretches from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 1Stepsis says they are looking at options if some state in the PFL don’t allow fall sports.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 2Stepsis says their goal will be to play a full 11-game slate.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 3Drake is scheduled to play Hastings College in Des Moines for their season opener on September 3rdlast_img read more

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