The Arsenal fans finally got to hear from the club captain Granit Xhaka yesterday as he talked about his infamous response to his substitution in the Premier League game last weekend.
Xhaka insisted it was not an instant reaction and it didn’t happen just in the heat of the moment. It was actually building up over a period of time inside him. He was getting frustrated as there were some Arsenal fans who were regularly making derogatory comments on him and his family on social media after every match day.
And, when he heard those ironic cheers at the time of his substitution, he felt as if the fans were not ready to accept him at the club and that’s what triggered him to react the way he reacted.
However, as he has reflected on the incident, he has realized every fan is not the same. There are only certain groups of people who spread negativity, but his reaction, the way it came out, looked as if it was directed towards the whole Arsenal fanbase in general.
Xhaka clarified he never intended to hurt the “positive” Arsenal fans who don’t demotivate the players.
According to Xhaka, he has got a lot of love for Arsenal Football club and whenever he steps on the pitch, he puts everything out there to try and help Arsenal win the game.
Xhaka reckons both the fans and the players of Arsenal should show respect towards each other and the club should move forward with positive vibes.
Here is Xhaka’s statement –
“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 on Sunday.”
“I let myself get carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy. That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought.”