Granit Xhaka clashed with Arsenal fans during the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery has revealed how Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reacted to Granit Xhaka’s shocking outburst at the Emirates on Sunday.

Xhaka, who was named Emery’s permanent captain last month, threw his arms up in the air and cupped his ears after his substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace was greeted by sarcastic cheers.

The frustrated Switzerland midfielder was seen mouthing ‘f**k off’ towards the Arsenal supporters and took off his shirt before storming down the tunnel.

Josh Kroenke agreed with Unai Emery’s assessment of the incident (Picture: Getty)

Emery condemned Xhaka for his reaction and says Josh Kroenke, son of Arsenal owner Stan, also agreed that the captain was ‘wrong’ to engage with the supporters.

The under-fire Gunners boss also says he has the backing of Kroenke despite Arsenal’s mixed start to the new season and the apparent lack of progress since Arsene Wenger left.

Emery said: ‘We are responsible, the club and I.

‘We know our responsibility is to help everybody, and also when we are making some mistakes to recognise it.

‘Sunday for example, after the match, Josh Kroenke was also in the dressing room speaking with me. We were speaking for 10 minutes about the situation but all the time helping each other.

‘He’s supporting me, he’s supporting the players, we were talking about the circumstance with Granit Xhaka, saying that he was wrong and we need to manage that with him.

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‘And yesterday the same, it was the day off for us and the players but we were here also, I was here and also I was speaking with Raul, with Edu, and also speaking with Xhaka.

‘But now preparing the match tomorrow is the most important, but also we need the time managing different situations.’

Following Sunday’s events, Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas cannot see a way back for Xhaka.

Xhaka has been left ‘devastated’ by the abuse (Picture: Getty)

‘Xhaka is the current captain, but I don’t think he will be captain anymore after what he did at the weekend,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.

‘The fact he didn’t instantly apologise tells you he’s upset, angry and I’m sure it’s a horrible feeling for him.

‘But that anger must be controlled. If you don’t have a thick skin you can’t be a footballer.

‘The fans will always be an element of the football club and they’re bigger and better than anything else involved.

‘He has to take his medicine but I’ll be surprised if he comes back in any capacity to play for Arsenal again.’

On Wednesday night, Arsenal face Premier League leaders Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup but Xhaka will not be involved.

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