It is one thing to get booed and another to get booed by your own supporters. That is exactly what Granit Xhaka experienced yesterday in Arsenal’s clash against Aston Villa. Villa netted their first score through John Mc Ginn giving a hint of a possible home defeat.
In the second half, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was issued red card by Jonathan Moss reducing Emery’s side to ten men. Luckily for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe equalized through his penalty shot.
While emotions ran high, Arsenal fans expressed their dissatisfaction against Xhaka in favor of Joe Willock seeing the midfielder off the pitch.
At the 81st minute, Callum Chambers scored Arsenal’s second goal leveling with Villa’s two scores. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s free kick 6 minutes to time crowned the Gunners as winners.
Unai Emery, Arsenal’s boss came to the midfielder’s rescue saying he is an important part of his team. The Spaniard shared his big plans for Xhaka who played well against both Watford and Eintracht Frankfurt.
According to the manager, Xhaka was substituted as he had played the entire 90 minutes game last week so he had to pave way for fresh players. As for the dissatisfied fans, the boss assured that Xhaka had showed commitment and improvement and given support he would do much better.
Emery also pointed out that the midfielder is professional and mature thus he understands that criticisms arise at times. Xhaka has earned Emery’s support so supporters will have to live with that.
On the other hand, Xhaka needs to up his game in future games. A repeat of this will be even more heart wrenching, don’t you think?