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Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy by Unai Emery after outburst at fans

Odiase Osayande

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Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy by manager Unai Emery after his recent outburst at fans.

Xhaka was reacted angrily to being jeered off by his own supporters in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace , appearing to tell supporters to “f*** off” as he left the pitch.

He was urged to apologise by Emery but released an explosive statement five days later in which he outlined the sick abuse directed at him and his family.

Emery has left Xhaka out of his squad since the incident, and he has not travelled to Portugal to take part in Wednesday’s Europa League clash with Vitoria.

After pondering the best course of action, the under-fire Spanish boss has now opted to remove the captaincy from the midfielder, appointing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the role.

Aubameyang captained the side against Wolves on Saturday and Emery confirmed he will take the armband moving forwards

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