Granit Xhaka apologises after telling Arsenal fans to 'f*** off'

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka after a deeper reflection on events on Sunday has apologised to Arsenal fans for telling them to 'f*** off', following a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

Xhaka had been hauled off in the draw with Roy Hodgson's side at the Emirates, and promptly stole the headlines after directing foul language towards home fans after being jeered off the field.

The Arsenal skipper who has been criticised after the 2-2 draw has said he hit back at the fans over the several attacks aimed at him because some have sent him vile messages telling him to kill his wife. Another comment even wished Xhaka's daughter would 'get cancer'.

He had cupped his ear while heading towards the touchline and tore his shirt off in frustration before snubbing Unai Emery's handshake and storming down the tunnel.

Following the incident, the Arsenal boss admitted that the club's skipper had been wrong to react to the frosty reception, and supporters have since appealed for Xhaka to be stripped of the armband.

And Xhaka revealed that he had angrily confronted supporters after reaching 'boiling point' following 'repeated abuse'.

The full statement reads: 'After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.

“The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.

“My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply. People have said things like "We will break your legs", "Kill your wife" and "Wish that your daughter gets cancer". That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.

“In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy. That has not been my intention and I'm sorry if that's what people thought.

“My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place. Let's move forward positively together.”

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