BREAKING:-Granit Xhaka has issued an apology to Arsenal fans after outburst during Palace draw

Granit Xhaka has issued an apology to Arsenal fans following his outburst during the draw with Crystal Palace.

The Swiss captain was jeered off during the Emirates clash before gesturing to supporters and appearing to mouth ‘f*** off’.

He cupped his hand to his ear then took his shirt off as he made his way down the tunnel.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery had urged Xhaka to apologise earlier this week but refused to confirm if he would retain the armband.

Xhaka has now responded five days after the 2-2 draw with Palace, having sat out the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool.

In a statement, Xhaka wrote: “After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.

“The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.

“My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have me deeply.

“People have said things like “We will break your legs”, “Kill your wife” and “Wish that your daughter gets cancer”.

“That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.

BREAKING:-Granit Xhaka has issued an apology to Arsenal fans after outburst during Palace draw

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