West Ham United captain Mark Noble has thrown in his two cents’ worth on the Granit Xhaka situation at Arsenal.
The Hammers skipper says he has sympathy with the 27-year-old, who was jeered as he was substituted off against Crystal Palace last weekend.
The midfielder reacted by swearing at the crowd, cupping his ears and removing his shirt before heading down the tunnel.
On Thursday, he issued a statement about how he is feeling about the situation, citing abuse on social media as a big reason for him snapping.
Writing for The London Evening Standard, fellow captain Noble said: “I did have some sympathy for him.
“It’s a tough one and a fine line because you’re trying your best, but if you’re booed by your fans it is inevitable that your confidence will take a hit. I’ve had it myself, but the bottom line is that everything changes with results.”
Supporters have been debating what should happen next with Xhaka, and Noble thinks an exit might be best for all parties.
He added: “In all honesty, the best solution might be to tell his agent, ‘Look, they don’t like me here, so maybe it’s best if I go and play somewhere else’. There would be a lot of takers for him because he is a quality player and it does seem, from the outside, that his fellow players love him, both as a professional and a person.”
TBR’s view – Xhaka exit best for all parties
The situation isn’t good and if Arsenal can sell him in January then they should.
The player has been somewhat disappointing since his arrival in 2016, but should not have to put up with the kind of abuse he has received.
Many wouldn’t blame him for wanting out after what has happened, and maybe it would be the best move for all parties.