Arsenal fan's viral tweet about the criticism of players like Granit Xhaka

Arsenal FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

What is going on at the Emirates Stadium right now?

Arsenal surrendered a 2-0 lead against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and perhaps the most damning thing about the whole debacle was, well, that it simply wasn't surprising.

But it got even worse when Granit Xhaka told the home crowd to 'f*** off' during an astonishing meltdown when he was substituted in the second half.

Xhaka has always been a divisive figure in north London, regularly flitting between superb and dire performances, and there were universal groans when he was given the captain's armband.

And his display against Palace was certainly one to forget, prompting Arsenal fans to greet the news of his removal with either a chorus of boos or sarcastic celebrations.

Xhaka incident vs Palace

You could see the fury bubbling up in Xhaka and as well as his expletive outburst, he cupped his hand to his ear and began goading them with his arms. It was, by all accounts, remarkable.

And just to finish things off, the Swiss midfielder stormed straight down the tunnel, removed his jersey in frustration and sparked an absolute Twitter storm in the process.

It was, no doubt, a completely unprofessional display from Xhaka and one that will raise serious questions about his future as club captain.

Arsenal FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Arsenal fan's viral tweet

But is there some level of culpability from the fans as well? Stick with us on this because that very theory is actually coming from some of the Arsenal fans themselves.

Twitter account @SemperFiArsenal is the finest example of that, going viral for cataloguing a series of examples where Arsenal supporters have turned on their own players.

"Eboue was booed, Ramsey and his family were abused, Wenger was abused, Mustafi and Xhaka booed and abused on social media. Unai the latest target," they penned.

"This is coming from the same fanbase who talk about our class, tradition & history with pride.
What a toxic fanbase we’ve become."

Pretty strong words and having accumulated 1,000 retweets and 4,300 'likes' at the time of writing, it would be fair to say that plenty of football fans are in agreement.

It goes without saying that it's only a minority of supporters who went as far as abusing players' families - so take that with a pinch of salt - but its sentiment has most certainly spread.

And no matter how you feel about players' displays, it certainly doesn't help the team morale by lambasting them and, in the case of Xhaka, potentially provoking them. 

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