Arsenal boss Unai Emery hinted that Granit Xhaka will face internal disciplinary action for his foul-mouthed reaction to being substituted in Sunday’s Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.
Xhaka, recently chosen as the Gunners’ captain by his team-mates, was left fuming 60 minutes in when he was hauled off for Bukayo Saka.
The hosts had let a two-goal lead slip by that point, with goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz cancelled out by Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew as Palace fought back to 2-2.
All eyes were on Xhaka, however, who cupped his ear as he walked off the Emirates Stadium pitch to the sound of fans’ jeers.
And Emery did not hesitate to criticise his captain’s behaviour while insisting that any punishment would be carried out inside the club.
“He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation,” he explained to the BBC.
“I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action.”