Arsenal manager Unai Emery tells Granit Xhaka to apologise after clash with fans

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said Granit Xhaka should apologise following his confrontation with fans on Sunday. Emery did not confirm whether the midfielder will continue as the club captain.
The captain’s substitution in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday was met with sarcastic jeering from the home supporters at the Emirates Stadium.
The skipper was not happy by the fans’ reaction, cupping his hand to his ear and then taking off his shirt before storming down the tunnel while the game was still on.
“Yes (he should apologise). We make mistakes, we need to apologise, and we suggested for him to do that,” Unai Emery said on Tuesday.
“We need our family, friends, and supporters to support us, love us. He is not feeling that with the supporters. But we are speaking with him ‘first, be calm. Be close to your family and be close to us because we are your family’.”
The boss confirmed Xhaka would not be included in Arsenal’s squad for Wednesday’s League Cup match at Liverpool. Still, the Spanish manager said he was always going to make changes for the League Cup competition.
“At the moment, I am not speaking, and I don’t want to think about that,” the manager said when asked about the possibility of Xhaka being the skipper once again.
Meanwhile, German midfielder Mesut Ozil will be part of the travelling squad despite being left out of every matchday since starting the League Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest on September 24.
“He’s in the group, so he has a chance to play,” he said. “We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him.
“He knows what I want from him because it’s the same as last season on the first day of pre-season training when we had a conversation.”

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