Granit Xhaka: Arsenal captain says 'I reached boiling point'

Granit Xhaka was booed by fans as he was substituted in the 61st minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka says he “reached boiling point” following repeated threats to his wife and daughter, as he explained his angry confrontation with fans on Sunday.

The Swiss midfielder was booed while he walked off the pitch at Emirates Stadium, prompting him to cup his ear.

In an emotional statement, he said he had been “hurt deeply” by comments on social media and at matches recently.

They included ‘Kill your wife’ and ‘Wish that your daughter gets cancer’.

Breaking his silence for the first time since the incident, Xhaka, 27, said he got “carried away” and reacted “disrespectfully” to fans.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery had called for Xhaka to apologise for his reaction but the player instead said he was sorry if people had thought he was being disrespectful.

“The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply,” Xhaka said in statement on Instagram on Thursday.