Granit Xhaka will be ‘happy’ to leave Arsenal in January after Unai Emery ‘betrayal’ | Football | Sport

Granit Xhaka will feel ‘betrayed’ by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after he was stripped of his captaincy according to Paul Merson.

The Spanish boss decided to name Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the new club captain after Xhaka lashed out at jeers from the crowd against Crystal Palace last month.

The Switzerland captain is yet to feature for the club since the incident, and told Emery that he wasn’t ready to take on Leicester this weekend.

Merson has now discussed how the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder will be feeling after his manager publicly condemned his actions.

He told the Daily Star: “If I was Granit Xhaka, I would feel betrayed that Unai Emery has taken the captaincy away from me. I’d be shocked if he stays at Arsenal now.

“They will probably look to sell him in January and he will probably be only too happy to go.

“It’s a big statement to make, doing that. I’m surprised Emery did it.

“And then to give it to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he sometimes doesn’t start games is baffling.

“The manager is making strange decisions. I think the pressure is getting to him.

“If he was going to change the captain he should have done it straight away.

“Instead he’s let this slow drama drag on. It was just really badly handled by Arsenal. So poor all round.”

Merson has praised Xhaka’s consistency at Arsenal as a reason why Emery should’ve considered keeping him on as skipper, and backed clubs to come in for his services during the January transfer window.

He added: “At least Xhaka turns up every week and gives everything for Arsenal. There are others there who can’t say the same.

“He will get stick now every time he plays. He’s bitten once, and he probably will again now. It’s going to be hard for him to stay at the club.

“But I think there could be a few clubs in Europe after him if he leaves now.”

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