It’s almost as if Emery wants to get fired, so poor are his decisions of late.
Perhaps the one that will come to haunt him the most is making Xhaka captain. Even if the players voted for the Swiss that doesn’t make him the right man for the job. It’s true, he always tries his best. Unfortunately, though, his best isn’t good enough for Arsenal. One famous pundit called him an inexperienced experienced player because he never learns from his mistakes.
In fact, I’ve lost count of how many goals against Xhaka has cost Arsenal. His tackling isn’t great. His passing is hit and miss and rarely incisive. His running off the ball is unimpressive. His long-range shooting is good, occasionally, while his leadership credentials are more than questionable.
How Xhaka thinks he can get away with an explanation instead of an apology for his petulant behaviour is beyond me. As wrong as it is to be booed by your own fans, he should have got off the pitch quickly. He could have applauded the fans, even sarcastically, and got off so his team-mates could have quickly got on with the game.
All this stuff about keyboard warriors abusing him online is no justification for what he did. He should have simply apologised for his behaviour.
Not shaking Emery’s hand was so disrespectful to the coach, but it seems that the self-centred midfielder can’t see that he’s at fault at all.
I wouldn’t let Xhaka back in my plans, if I were Emery. I’d sell him for around £8m, as that’s his true worth to any takers, if they exist.