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Granit Xhaka’s Jorginho experience and how not to be a Big Club Captain

Even as captain, Henderson endured a lot of flak from Liverpool fans for his questionable and highly inconsistent output.

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With Arsenal squandering a 2 goal lead at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal captain, Granit Xhaka was pulled out of the game in the 61st minute. That was when the Arsenal captain did something very un-captainly.

Responding to mocking cheers by the fans, Xhaka, who many fans consider one of the worst players in the current Arsenal squad, returned the mockery by motioning with his hands for more. This incited the fans even further and an irate stadium quickly went from mocking cheers to outright boos to which Xhaka responded by cupping his ear to the fans before spitting a disdainful ‘fuck off’ their way. He would go on to take off the Arsenal uniform, toss it and stomping off straight into the tunnel instead of the dugout where substituted players normally go to. The dugout is for players who have been sent off a game.

It was really bad conduct by Arsenal fans. Quite shameful to jeer and boo your own player, no matter how terrible their output has been. It was an inexcusable action worthy of every condemnation and fans of a club which prides itself as one of the classiest in world football shouldn’t stoop so low.

Yet, while there are professional footballers, I’ve never heard of such a thing as professional fans. Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka suffered in just one game, something Chelsea’s Jorginho suffered for majority of last season. But unlike the Italian organiser, Xhaka couldn’t bring himself to be a professional about it. He couldn’t bring himself to be a captain, no, a leader about it.

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4 years ago when Henderson became Liverpool captain, he wasn’t a fans’ favourite. Even as captain, he endured a lot of flak from Liverpool fans for his questionable and highly inconsistent output. But Henderson soaked it all in and converted all that bile into extra work and quickly became a workhorse in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. Today he’s an Anfield darling.

Most Arsenal fans believed it was a monumental mistake making Xhaka captain. This is because, on the pitch of play, his high propensity for self-destructive errors meant he couldn’t lead by example. Last night, he showed the world he was far worse than Arsenal fans thought.

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