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Xhaka apologises to fans

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has apologised for the way he reacted following his substitution in the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international reached his “boiling point” and cupped his hand to his ear before taking off his shirt as home fans cheered him on in a sarcastic manner.

And Xhaka took to Instagram to explain what sparked his reaction while apologising for his behaviour.

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Message to the fans;

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“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,” read his statement on Instagram.

“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.”

Xhaka was left out of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup fourth round defeat to Liverpool on Thursday.

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