In an interview with ESPN, Granit Xhaka broke the silence and spoke about his relationship with Arsenal fans, with great emphasis on an episode that dates back to 2019.
At the time, the Swiss international was whistled by the fans, who were against the fact that the midfielder was captain, when he was substituted, in a match against Crystal Palace. The midfielder didn't react well and provoked the crowd, applauding the whistles and taking off his shirt on the way out of the pitch. Xhaka headed for the locker room without going through the bench.
Three years later, the relationship between the player and the fans has improved, admitted the midfielder. «Everyone knows about that period I spent with the fans. A big misunderstanding, in my opinion, both on my part and theirs. I play football because I have a huge passion. I've been at Arsenal for over six years. I love the club, I love the people", he began by saying, before talking about Arteta, the English coach: "Without him [Arteta] I wouldn't be at the club anymore. He helped me when I was down. He helped me with little things, step by step and he was also fundamental in my relationship with the fans. »
With a contract with Arsenal until 2024, Granit Xhaka was happy at the Emirates Stadium: “I am very happy here. My family too. I have two more years on my contract, it's true. I turn 30 in September, but I don't believe in age in football. You can be 18, you can be 90… If you have quality, you can play. Age to me is just a number.”