Arsenal manager Unai Emery will apparently put the fate of Granit Xhaka in the hands of his players.
The extraordinary situation has taken another turn, with The Telegraph now claiming the Spaniard will consult the dressing room over whether the Switzerland international should keep the captain’s armband.
The midfielder is in hot water after reacting angrily to fans, who jeered him as he trudged off the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Xhaka cupped his ears and seemingly swore at supporters before removing his shirt and heading straight down the tunnel – a move that has sparked huge debate.
Many are livid with Xhaka for his actions, but some are also sympathetic towards a player who has been frequently criticised during his time at the club.
Apparently Emery will ask the players for their thoughts about the situation, just weeks after they all voted for him to be the new club captain.
Arsenal fans react
Lots of Arsenal fans are seething over the reports, with many questioning the manager’s authority:
Maybe he needs to ask them to pick the team, tactics, training sessions and then ultimately decide if he is still needed….
— Ravs Hayre (@ravshayre) 28 October 2019
Maybe he should grow a pair and decide for himself. Sick of Emery hiding behind other people and not owning any decision.
— tez (@tezman_) 28 October 2019
Can the players vote to have emery sacked?
— The Arsenal (@TheArsenalfcc) 28 October 2019
He should be making that decision on his own. Small manager
— El Greco (@AC12603425) 28 October 2019
I can’t believe Emery has this little backbone? If it’s true then he’s speeding up his already inevitable departure.
— Richie AFC (@blazing_cannons) 28 October 2019
He cannot make a decision which isn’t great for a manager, not a top level manager by a long way
— BlockJRowJ (@BlockJRowJ1) 28 October 2019
Only person at the club with less leadership qualities than Granit Xhaka is Unai Emery.
— James (@Jamezmcc) 28 October 2019
Only way to fix this mess is if they both leave tbh
— NP19 #EmeryOut (@ItsMaddaa) 28 October 2019
— Mr KC Style 🇪🇺 (@MrKwekuQ) 28 October 2019
This manager has no backbone at all
— Ewan (@EwanRoss55) 28 October 2019
He’s lost his mind.
— Jon (@r1p0ff) 28 October 2019
This guy is a joke
— Anthony Nelson (@corbygooner) 28 October 2019