Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes it might be difficult for Granit Xhaka to play for Arsenal again.
The Switzerland international has been at the centre of a storm this week, after reacting angrily to fans following his substitution against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Xhaka took a few days to digest the events, and issued a statement via the club’s official Twitter account on Thursday about how he has been feeling.
The midfielder says ‘repeated abusive comments’ have ‘hurt me deeply’.
Providing his take on the situation, Nicholas told Sky Sports (quoted by The Metro): “We don’t actually know if he’ll ever play again. I genuinely don’t see it.
“If he’s still angry and still upset by the fans and the situation, I can only think that would eat away at him and make him think maybe it’s time to move on.
“At the moment he’s part of the problem so I don’t think there’s any chance of him playing. If anything he could play in the next Europa League game. But I can’t see him being that interested in playing with the way he feels at the moment.”
TBR’s view – Surely not the end for Xhaka
It would be hard to imagine, certainly while Unai Emery is in charge, that Xhaka has played his last game for Arsenal.
The 27-year-old – who earns £100,000 a-week at the Emirates (Spotrac) – would surely not want his time at Arsenal to end in such acrimonious circumstances, and Emery appears to have some sympathy with Xhaka, despite branding his actions wrong.
Perhaps he will lose the captaincy, for which he wouldn’t be able to have too many complaints, but if Xhaka loves the club as he says, then he will come back fighting.