Newcastle target Granit Xhaka made his return to the Arsenal starting lineup on Thursday, having been left out of the side since falling out with fans a few weeks ago.
He played the full 90 minutes of the Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt, but on the final whistle, he has once again upset Gunners fans.
As he was shaking hands with the opposition players, he was pictured smiling, laughing and hugging some of the Frankfurt players, which led some Arsenal fans to launch a tirade against him on social media.
Unai Emery announced last week that he had held clear the air talks with Xhaka, and said he expected the Swiss midfielder to be at Arsenal for the long-term. However, Emery won’t be there for the long-term himself after receiving his P45.
But it seems whatever the player does now is going to be under the microscope of Arsenal’s fan-base, and once it gets to this stage, it seems the situation has become untenable.
Newcastle have been heavily linked with a loan move for Xhaka in January, with one report even going as far as to say Steve Bruce had asked Fabian Schar to try to convince the player that Tyneside would be the ideal place for him.
Bruce is thought to prioritise a midfielder over a striker
Reports do claim Bruce is prioritising a midfielder over a striker in the January window, and there is little doubt that Xhaka would be an improvement on Jonjo Shelvey, who has flattered to deceive in recent times.
But for now Xhaka remains an Arsenal player, but for how much longer, in light of the latest fan reaction, remains to be seen.
Here are some of the comments from angry Gunners fans, which could eventually help see the player end up on Tyneside in the new year:
we need to look deeper as to why he is laughing and joking. given how passionate Xhaka has been about AFC, the lack of care from many of the players is the wider concern
— North London Nigel (@nln1694) November 29, 2019
Xhaka? Cares?😂😂😂 fam he was just laughing with Frankfurt players. You’re tellin me he cares. He said he wants out of Arsenal. You think he cares?
— ɢᴜɴɴᴇʀᴢᴇᴛᴛᴇ. (@lacaflair) November 28, 2019
— PremierFootballPodcast (@PodcastPremier) November 29, 2019
Always wondered why Granit Xhaka has such a cult following amongst Arsenal fans.
— Suprotim (@SuproAFC) November 29, 2019
I can’t believe people go to work everyday and get exploited, come home tired, and then log on social media to defend Granit Xhaka
— Agenda King (@AFCBenji) November 29, 2019
Granit Xhaka laughing and smiling after that performance. Get this man out of Arsenal NOW.
— Callum Findlay (@CallumCFindlay) November 28, 2019
Xhaka last night. Makes his comeback, those who did attend the game give him a warm reception, clap him when he goes off injured. You think the relationship is being rebuilt then end of game he laughs & jokes with the opposition. Sell him in January.Disgusting poisonous attitude
— Steveö (@SteveoAFC1) November 29, 2019
If Unai gets sacked in the morning Xhaka should leave with him.
— ☆ⓖ★ (@g8_afc) November 29, 2019
Xhaka wants to leave and hes made that very clear, he doesnt care wether we win lose or draw because he knows he won’t still be here come January especially not next season so why would he care if we get top 4 or win Europa? Or don’t? That’s why you can’t play people who want out
— Dave Tarran (@DJTarranAFC) November 28, 2019
Tell you one thing forget the fuss about Emery and first get that prick Xhaka out the club. Just lost a game and he’s standing laughing with the opposition players. He has no respect for Arsenal I can’t believe what I am seeing
— Ryan (@Ryan39377585) November 28, 2019