Alan Shearer explains why there may be no way back for Granit Xhaka at Arsenal

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Arsenal ‘s Granit Xhaka needs to reconcile with the club’s fans sooner rather than later before he burns all his bridges.

The Swiss midfielder was jeered as he walked off the pitch during Sunday’s draw with Crystal Palace.

The Arsenal fans were clearly unhappy with his performance and the lethargic was in which he waltzed off before being substituted.

And Alan Shearer, while sympathising with the abuse Xhaka received, doesn’t believe a captain can act in that manner.

“No one expects Xhaka to be pleased when your own fans are cheering when you’re being substituted,” he said in the Sun .

“But, as captain, you just cannot react to your fans in the way he did.

“There is no way back for Xhaka unless he apologises.

“The longer he leaves it, the bigger a mistake the incident will turn out to be.

“When supporters have a go at you like that, it is because they are not happy — but he is the team’s captain.

“So you cannot react like that, telling the fans what to do in that language.”

Shearer also pointed out how Xhaka and the Arsenal fans were already not on the best terms, but this episode further sets them apart.

Many fans were left bewildered when the former Borussia Monchengladbach man was given the armband, but Xhaka must respect their opinion.

“Whatever you think of the fans, they are the ones that pay their money,” he added.

“They are the ones who buy season tickets and come and support you week in, week out. Like it or not, supporters are entitled to an opinion.”

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