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Nigel Winterburn slams Granit Xhaka takes a pop at ‘bizarre’ Unai Emery decision

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Nigel Winterburn slams Granit Xhaka takes a pop at ‘bizarre’ Unai Emery decision

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn watched on in horror as Granit Xhaka cupped his ears as fans booed him off the pitch against Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international was hooked by Unai Emery in the second half, a decision that was cheered by many supporters inside the Emirates Stadium.

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Those cheers turned to boos as he slowly trudged off, and the player took his shirt off before heading down the tunnel in frustration.

It was a situation that overshadowed the 2-2 draw, and Winterburn has blasted the 27-year-old.

He said (Goal): “I think Unai Emery needs to take him out of the firing line in terms of the captaincy. He’s got five captains and he can easily do that.

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On the subject of the captaincy, the former full-back is certainly not a fan of the Spaniard’s ‘five captains’ arrangement.


He added: “I don’t agree with five captains and I don’t like this ‘vote for your captain scenario’. The manager should pick the captain. I find having five captains very, very bizarre.”

TBR’s view – Emery has to show more ruthlessness

Emery has shown weakness in the first instance by allowing his players to choose Xhaka as the captain. That’s an authoritative decision that should come from that manager.

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As poor as the reaction was from the crowd, Xhaka did not cover himself in any glory and should lose the armband as punishment. Emery needs to show he can be ruthless when the situation demands it.

Perhaps Hector Bellerin or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be better fits for the role, with the popular Spaniard having been at the club many years and Aubameyang the type to lead by example through performance.

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