Nicholas reacts to Xhaka statement: ‘I doubt he’ll play again’

Date published: Friday 1st November 2019 8:28 - Joe Williams

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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas doubts Granit Xhaka will ever play for the club again despite releasing a statement explaining his outburst at fans.

The Switzerland midfielder appeared to tell supporters to “f**k off” as he was jeered while being substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.

Xhaka said in a statement that death threats against his wife and messages wishing his daughter got cancer pushed him to “boiling point” and that is why he lashed out at fans.

Despite that, Nicholas has called Xhaka “part of the problem” at Arsenal and thinks it will be a long way back to the starting XI for the midfielder.

“We don’t actually know if he’ll ever play again. I genuinely don’t see it,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “If he’s still angry and still upset by the fans and the situation, I can only think that would eat away at him and make him think maybe it’s time to move on.

“He’s been at the club for a few years, it’s not been the most successful period. There’s been stress and strain. At the moment he’s part of the problem so I don’t think there’s any chance of him playing.

“If anything he could play in the next Europa League game. But I can’t see him being that interested in playing with the way he feels at the moment.”

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