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Granit Xhaka will never play for Arsenal again, reckons Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas.
Xhaka reacted angrily to fans’ criticism while he was being substituted in Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.
The midfielder walked off slowly and gestured towards the supporters as the discontent grew inside the Emirates.
Xhaka appeared to swear and he took his shirt off before walking down the tunnel.
Nicholas says the Switzerland international will have the captaincy taken off of him by head coach Unai Emery.
But he did not stop there in his criticism of Xhaka, claiming he is “not a footballer” if he cannot be thick skinned and ignore the anger from supporters.
And therefore Nicholas cannot see the 27-year-old putting an Arsenal shirt on again.
“Xhaka may be the current captain but I don’t think he will be the captain anymore after what he did at the weekend,” Nicholas told Sky Sports News.
“The fact that he didn’t instantly apologise to the fans about his behaviour tells you that he’s probably upset and angry.
“I would imagine it’s a horrible feeling being in the position he’s in right now, but that anger must be controlled.
“He’s representing Arsenal as a captain and it is unacceptable to think you’re as big as anything at the club.
“His behaviour was atrocious, and I don’t see him having a future at the club.
“To be a footballer of any significance, especially at the higher level, if you don’t have a thick skin to take some criticism, then you’re not a footballer.
“The crowd will always be the element of the football club and they are bigger and better than anyone else who’s involved in it, so he’ll have to take his medicine.
“I’ll be surprised if he comes back in any capacity to play for Arsenal again.”