Arsene Wenger has broken his silence on Unai Emery’s handling of the Granit Xhaka meltdown.
The midfielder has not played since he was booed by supporters in the recent 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. He has since been relieved of his Arsenal captaincy by Emery.
And Gunners legend Wenger believes the Spaniard upheld Arsenal’s values by sacking Xhaka as captain.
Wenger, however, insists Xhaka is an ‘intelligent’ player and understands why the midfielder lashed out at Arsenal supporters during the game. ‘I don’t talk a lot about Arsenal, I just support them,’ Wenger told beIN Sports (via Mirror).
‘I’m a supporter who wants a team to win, so that’s all.
‘For me it’s very difficult to have any assessment on Arsenal because it will be straight away interpreted when you’ve been at the club for such a long time.
‘So I’m just a supporter, when they don’t win I’m not happy, when they win I’m very happy.’
Wenger was pressed on Emery’s decision to sack Xhaka as captain and replied: ‘As a manager you have to face these kind of decisions.
‘We always face the unexpected as a manager, you have to make quick decisions.
‘I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it’s built on values and everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respected.
‘Arsenal, for me, had always had a touch of class, for me football today in the modern era has a huge responsibility on the way we behave, the way we are examples, Arsenal are part of the big clubs in the world and we have to show that.’