Unai Emery responds to Arsenal fans after Granit Xhaka is booed during Aston Villa win

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 9:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link526Shares Advertisement Comment Unai Emery responds to Arsenal fans after Granit Xhaka is booed during Aston Villa win Advertisementcenter_img Granit Xhaka was booed by Arsenal fans at the Emirates on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has offered his backing to Granit Xhaka after the midfielder was booed by sections of Arsenal’s support during Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.The 26-year-old was replaced by Joe Willock with 18 minutes remaining as Arsenal trailed 2-1 at the Emirates and he was jeered by fans as he made his way off the pitch.Xhaka has captained Arsenal this season following the summer departure of Laurent Koscielny but he has struggled for form during the opening weeks of the campaign.Emery is adamant, though, that Xhaka is an important part of his plans and urged the fans to show him and his teammates support moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner with a late free-kick (Picture: Getty)Aston Villa were twice in front during the game with John McGinn and Wesley both on the scoresheet either side of a Nicolas Pepe penalty after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had been sent off.Arsenal came back to win the game, though, with Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring in the final ten minutes to secure a vital win.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery has offered his support to Granit Xhaka (Picture: Getty) Emery’s thoughts after Arsenal’s comeback 3-2 win over Aston VillaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:31FullscreenEmery’s thoughts after Arsenal’s comeback 3-2 win over Aston Villahttps://metro.co.uk/video/emerys-thoughts-arsenals-comeback-3-2-win-aston-villa-2011282/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Speaking post-match, Emery said: ‘My opinion is we need our supporters and we need our supporters helping each player but our responsibility is to transmit our capacity, our spirit, our commitment and behaviour. And Xhaka is doing that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He played very well on Thursday and also last week in Watford he played with a good individual performance. Today I changed him because on Thursday he played 90 minutes and [I] prefer to use fresh players for today a chance for him but for me Xhaka is a very good player for us.‘He has a very big commitment here. He is improving and I am not asking the people to support him but I am sure that he is going to achieve the best thing individually and collectively for the supporters to help him.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhen asked whether Xhaka was hurt by the criticism, Emery responded: ‘We are professionals. The coach and the players. Xhaka is an experienced player and he knows that sometimes we can say criticism.‘We need to be mature and experienced to continue working and the next match is another challenge for the team, individually also, to do our work and really for me he is a very important player.‘I am going to support him. I am also going to decide when he can play and when not but he’s an important player with his commitment and his behaviour is great.’last_img read more

Toffees in Hillsborough tribute

first_imgEverton are to unveil a plaque commemorating the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster ahead of Saturday’s derby meeting with Liverpool at Goodison Park. The unveiling will be held at the Park End Stand and conducted by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Aspinall, whose son James was killed in the Sheffield tragedy on April 15, 1989, said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Everton, paying tribute to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough. “I would like to thank Bill and everyone involved, not least the Everton fans who have provided great support to the families over the years.” Everton fan Stephen Kelly’s brother Michael was among those killed 26 years ago and, together with other Blues supporters, suggested the installation of the permanent tribute. He added on the club’s official website: “As an Evertonian who lost my brother at Hillsborough, I have always been grateful of the support from the blue side of the city. “I hope that when Evertonians look at this they will feel proud of the way we’ve supported our neighbours.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “It is something we take a lot of pride in. “There has always been a real strong bond between the two teams over that tragedy and it is going to be a really important moment. “It is a tribute to the 96 who lost their lives and all the families who suffered the pain of that tragedy over the years. It will be great to see the two football clubs of the city together and showing their support. “The plaque is a tribute that is going to stand forever and we’ll always have it in the back of our minds – we’ll always be there supporting the Hillsborough families.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more