Arsenal decide against disciplining Granit Xhaka due to his ‘fragile’ mental health

Granit Xhaka is said to be ‘devastated’ at the situation (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will not face a fine nor any further disciplinary action from the club for telling supporters to ‘f**k off’ as he left the field on Sunday during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international could lose the club captaincy for cupping his ears and reacting angrily to jeers from the home support as he trudged off the pitch against the Eagles.

Xhaka was frustrated at being substituted on the hour-mark and it’s the third time this season that the former Borussia Monchengladbach ace has faced boos from Arsenal supporters.

Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Xhaka will play no part in the Gunners’ clash against Liverpool at Anfield tonight and the club have reportedly offered the Swiss counselling to deal with the incident.

Xhaka reacted angrily to boos from the home fans (Picture: Getty)
Xhaka went straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)

But, while the club are furious at Xhaka’s actions, the Sun report that they have decided against disciplining him.

From observing Xhaka over the last 48 hours, the club feel that Xhaka is already punishing himself and that he regrets the incident.

Xhaka is yet to issue an apology to supporters but the club are worried about the midfielder’s fragile state of mind. #

A close friend of the midfielder, Patrik Dibrani, revealed he spoke to Xhaka after the game and described the Swiss as ‘grief-stricken’.

‘It hurts me a great deal. Granit is like a brother to me,’ he told Swiss publication Blick.

‘I understand that he did not react well to the booing but if you are a true fan of your club it is like a love affair.

‘You have to be there for each other in the bad times as well as the good. There should be no place for booing your own players.

‘I spoke on the phone to Granit after the game. He’s not in a good place – he is grief-stricken. ‘He regretted his actions straight away. He is an emotional person.’

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