Report: Granit Xhaka rejects Arsenal request to apologise to fans

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after being substituted off during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London,...

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka swore as he was substituted.

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after being substituted off during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London,...

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has rejected pleas from the club to apologise to supporters, The Times reports.

Xhaka swore at fans as he was substituted at The Emirates during Arsenal's draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The club captain is not in the squad travelling to Liverpool to in the Carabao Cup tonight.

 

The Times reports Arsenal as a club tried to get Xhaka to apologise, but the midfielder was not ready to do so.

Unai Emery told The Mirror that Xhaka is not ready to say sorry. 

He said: "He is not ready (to say sorry) because he is feeling down.”

That does not mean Xhaka will not apologise in his own time, but at the moment, he evidently is unwilling to do so.

Granit Xhaka passes during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Birds Nest on July 22, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Perhaps if he does, it can draw a line under it, but letting a bit of time elapse may help everybody be a bit calmer.

Emotions are clearly high, they certainly were after Sunday's game.

Xhaka reacted in the heat of the moment, and its no good serving up an apology which isn't genuine.

If later this week he decides to say sorry, and he really does mean it, that should come across.

Should Xhaka still choose not to apologise, it won't help his cause.

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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