Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has defended midfielder Granit Xhaka after he lost the armband in the wake of his outburst towards the club’s supporters last month.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery decided to hand the armband to Pierre Aubameyang after Xhaka angrily reacted to fans boos in the club’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace but according to Viera, the player deserved respect.
“I feel sorry for him because he (was) the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal. I think we have to remind ourselves that he’s achieved a lot since he’s at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect.
“When you’re a player and don’t perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself. And sometimes you say things or do things you regret,” Viera is quoted by Metro.
Arsenal has had a rough patch as a team with their latest defeat coming against Leicester City but according to Viera the fans should be behind coach Emery more so in the difficult spell.
“I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell. We have to get behind him and give him time to change things. I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems,” he added.
Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates after the International break.
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