Arsenal boss Unai Emery threw Granit Xhaka “under the bus” following the former captain’s furious clash with fans.
That is according to former Tottenham star, and Gunners fan, Darren Bent who claims Emery holds a lot of responsibility for that saga as he “could have handled it so much better”.
Xhaka lashed out at Arsenal fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates in October whilst being booed and even appeared to mouth off obscenities at them.
That led to him being excluded from the team and stripped of the captain’s armband by Emery who passed it on to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Bent can’t see the Switzerland international coming back to the squad after that incident but doesn’t think he holds all of the blame.
The former England international claims Emery should have tried to protect him more instead of distancing himself from the issue.
Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t see how he comes back from this.
“Obviously the way he reacted to the fans and then getting stripped of the captaincy, I don’t see how Unai Emery (can bring him back).
“I do blame Emery for a lot of this because he’s the one that made him the captain, he’s the one who came out, kind of threw him under the bus straight away and said: ‘Listen, he should apologise and if he doesn’t apologise it’s all his fault.’
“I think he could have handled it so much better but because he didn’t, he kind of threw Xhaka under the bus, that’s why the whole thing blew up in this saga.”
Xhaka has continued to train with Arsenal as normal but is reportedly “upset” with how he has been treated by the club and Emery.
The Swiss midfielder joined the Gunners in 2016 from Borussia Monchengladbach and has since made a total of 144 appearances for the north London club.
Arsenal are now expecting him to ask for a move away ahead of the January transfer window.
Xhaka is not likely to take part in the upcoming crucial clash with in-form Leicester on Saturday at the King Power Stadium (5.30pm).