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Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’


first_imgXhaka stormed off the pitch (Picture: Visionhaus)‘These whistles against me, this hatred, that was brand new for me,’ Xhaka told Sport 1.‘What happened happened. You cannot undo it. Maybe it was a misunderstanding and both sides overreacted to some extent.‘But that’s done for me, you have to look ahead now, motivate yourself positively in the current situation and don’t get caught up in the negative.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‘As I wrote in my statement back then: As a team, the club and the fans, we should work together hand in hand towards the next game and the challenges ahead with mutual respect and in memory of what makes us love this game.’Hertha Berlin had put an offer on the table for Xhaka to move to the Bundesliga in January but he had already decided to stay in north London, despite the incident. Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’ Comment Xhaka lost his cool (Picture: Visionhaus)Granit Xhaka admitted he’d never felt such ‘hatred’ directed towards him as he lost his cool and told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ earlier this season. Xhaka was taunted by supporters as he was substituted during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates last October and lost his temper.Reacting angrily, the Swiss international swore at the fans, removed his shirt and stormed off down the tunnel. Former Gunners boss Unai Emery stripped him of the captaincy after the incident and dropped him from the side. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAbuse followed online for the midfielder, who released a statement attempting to explain his actions, and a January exit appeared inevitable. AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the 27-year-old has turned his Arsenal career around and has become a key figure under Mikel Arteta, who replaced Emery in December. And Xhaka is keen to move on from the early season incident and not ‘get caught up in the negative’. Advertisementcenter_img Xhaka has come back into the fold under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘It was really no longer an issue for me,’ he added. ‘Yes, there was contact and also an offer, but in the end I decided to stay here in London.‘After three and a half years I did not cancel everything that I had built up.‘I am now concentrating on this with all my strength and motivation and hope that we can get back on the pitch soon.’Should Arsenal keep Granit Xhaka?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link433Shares Advertisementlast_img read more