‘Over for Xhaka’ at Arsenal, talkSPORT told – Guendouzi tipped for armband

first_img Arsenal fans want Xhaka gone in January 3 Granit Xhaka is finished at Arsenal, believes former Premier League striker Darren Bent.The Gunners have been urged to strip the midfielder of the captaincy and make sure he never plays for the club again after his angry reaction to being booed by his own supporters. DAZN Granit Xhaka was furious with the reaction he got from Arsenal fans 3 3 Granit Xhaka took off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel Xhaka told fans to ‘f**k off’, cupped his hands to his ears and stripped off his shirt as he stormed straight down the tunnel after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Fans first sarcastically cheered when the midfielder was substituted in the 61st minute for 18-year-old Bukayo Saka.But those cheers turned to jeers as he was so slow to leave the pitch with his side chasing a goal against the Eagles, and those boos only intensified when he responded angrily to fans.And Bent has told talkSPORT ‘there is no coming back from that’.“Once you tell the fans to f-off, take the shirt off and go straight down the tunnel, that’s it at the club,” he said on Monday’s Sports Breakfast. DAZN getty “I don’t like when fans boo their own players, but when you have that reaction you’re giving in. There’s frustration in there as well because he’s not happy with his own performance, he hasn’t been playing very well.“But his reaction to the crowd and even to the manager, and to take your shirt off and storm down the tunnel , for me there’s no coming back from that.“Him walking off slowly is bad, you need to get off the pitch quicker, but the moment you disrespect the shirt you show a lack of respect to your team-mates, people who have played for the club in the past and everyone associated with the club. “What makes it worse is he’s the captain. As captain you set an example. You’re at the forefront at everything. If the team is not playing well you’re going to get criticism first and your team-mates are going to look at you.“What happens next? The next time he walks out of the pitch he’s going to get it even more from the fans.“They’ll never forgive him for that.”Asked by co-host Laura Woods about replacements as skipper, Bent said there was one stand out candidate.“The only one name I can think of – and it could come too soon – is [Matteo] Guendouzi. He gives absolutely everything every time he plays.“Is that too much pressure to heap on a kid who is only 20? Probably a little bit, but at the same time, who else can you pick?“Xhaka needs to look at Guendouzi who is doing everything he should be doing and is only 20.“He never throws the towel in.”last_img

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