‘Just shut your mouth and work’ – Petit’s advice for under-fire Arsenal captain Xhaka
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka should be stripped of the captaincy, shut his mouth and work hard to win back respect, says former Gunners ace Emmanuel Petit.
Xhaka is under fire after he reacted to the jeers of the fans by storming off mouthing obscenities after being substituted against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Petit, speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News , admitted: “I have never seen something like what happened with Granit Xhaka before. For me, he can’t be the Arsenal captain any longer. It’s impossible. What he did was unacceptable.
“What he did on the pitch is one thing, I’ve made it clear that I don’t know what he adds to the team. But what Xhaka did as he left the pitch is totally different. You can’t do that – it’s like betrayal in England.”
Now Petit believes Xhaka has a massive task on his hands to win back the faith of fans and players alike and save his career at the Emirates Stadium.
“If I were to talk to Xhaka, I would say: ‘You are doing the most exciting job in the world, and you have to make sacrifices. You must understand that, when you play for a big club like Arsenal, and are captain on top of that, you must be an example on and off the pitch. Right now, you’re not. So, lay down. Don’t answer any questions that might be a problem – just shut your mouth, work, and try to get back the fans’ and players’ confidence. This is the toughest game you will have to play since becoming a player’.”
Petit thinks Xhaka has so much to learn about what is needed to lead such a big club in England and how passionate the fans are…….read more