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Perry Groves believes Granit Xhaka should leave Arsenal in the January window

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Perry Groves believes Granit Xhaka should leave Arsenal in the January window

Arsenal icon Perry Groves has told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT (Wednesday, 09:13) that Granit Xhaka has got to consider leaving The Emirates in January, after being stripped of the captaincy by Unai Emery.

The saga around Xhaka has been constant of late, after the 27-year-old reacted to fans booing him off the pitch during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace. Many believe Xhaka should not have been made captain in the first place.

Coming off as a substitute, Xhaka cupped his ear before seemingly swearing at Arsenal fans. He later posted a statement, in what was a weak apology – though he did state that some supporters had sent him some awful messages about his family.

Now, Emery has confirmed Xhaka will no longer be captain – a role which has been given to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Gunners legend Groves believes the Swiss midfielder has got to leave the club in the upcoming January window.

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“I think his time at Arsenal is over,” Groves said. “I was booed by Arsenal fans and it is like being done over by your family. His reaction was wrong. But he should have just apologised, and said I reacted in the wrong way.


If you say but, it weakens the apology. He needs to move in January, and find pastures new. When Emery asked the players to vote for his captain, that is wrong. It is difficult to win back your own fans.”

TBR’s view – Groves is right, Xhaka has no chance of Arsenal career

Xhaka joined Arsenal in the summer of 2016 for £35million (Mail), and has since played 144 times in all competitions for the Gunners. But he should not make another appearance for Arsenal.

Yes, the abuse Xhaka has recieved is nothing short of abysmal, and no fans should boo their own player. But, and unfortunately for Xhaka, that bad feeling with Gunners fans is hardly going to change – and it will be at the back of his mind.

Instead, Xhaka needs to leave Arsenal and start afresh. Remaining in the Premier League is unwise. Returning to Germany, where he shone for Gladbach, is his best move.

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