Former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino believes Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka should be stripped of the armband after his reaction to being booed by his own fans in yesterday’s draw with Crystal Palace.
In the Times, Cascarino didn’t hold back in his criticism to the way Xhaka reacted to the hostile reception from the crowd at the Emirates Stadium as he jogged off.
He said: “I have been booed off a pitch and it is horrible. You are angry and it hurts a lot. Whatever you do, do not wave your arms, take an eternity to come off, swear at the supporters and storm down the tunnel as Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka did yesterday — especially when you are the club captain.
“You cannot win a battle with fans with emotion, you can win them over only with performance. Xhaka’s antics as he left the pitch yesterday has left a “me and them” scenario for him. Few fans will want the club captain to be the leader and I think he should be stripped of the captaincy for his reaction.”
TBR’s View – Xhaka did not react like a captain but personal, individual abuse like that must be awful
Xhaka did not act like a captain; jogging off when his team needed a goal and then snapping and storming down the tunnel.
But vitriol has been building towards him for a number of seasons, only intensifying when he was awarded the proud honour of the Arsenal armband.
Being singled out for abuse like that must feel horrible and not many of us will know what it feels like to deal with.
Should he be stripped of the captaincy? It might be in everyone’s best interests that he is.