Granit Xhaka spoke to him players’ gallery on some of his experiences at Arsenal, one of which was particularly negative.
What’s the matter?
Xhaka said: “I think some people don’t even watch the game before criticizing us. There was a game that we lost at home. I was injured so I watched it from a box. I kept getting messages like, ‘You were _____ today.’”
Well, that’s just ridiculous and shows that some people don’t even care about performances – they’ll berate footballers anyway.
Unfortunately, Xhaka has endured plenty of cruelty since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
The 29-year-old was booed off the pitch in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in 2019 at Emirates Stadium, which resulted in him gesturing angrily at fans before heading straight down the tunnel.
Having worn the armband and also being one of the more emotional players at Arsenal, the abuse seems to have gotten worse for Xhaka since his reaction, which is disappointing to hear.
Granit Xhaka deserved better at Arsenal
Everyone – not just Xhaka – deserves to be treated better in football.
Of course, tribalism will always have a place in the sport, and fans will always sing chants taunting or making fun of opponents – it’s part of the game.
However, abusing players on social media from the safety of their own homes is not possible. It is cyberbullying and could have disastrous consequences.
At a time when mental health is being discussed more than ever, people should know better. However, social media companies also need to do more to curb these comments as they are often slow to respond.
Hopefully Xhaka can enjoy the rest of his Arsenal career without idiots trying to bring him down no matter how he plays.
In other news, Roberto Carlos believes Arsenal or Spurs could sign a ‘world-class’ player
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