Granit Xhaka apologises to Arsenal fans after clash v Crystal Palace

Granit Xhaka has apologised to Arsenal fans

Granit Xhaka has issued an apology to Arsenal fans after clashing with them versus Crystal Palace.

The Swiss midfielder appeared to tell fans to 'f**k off' after they cheered his substitution.

Xhaka strolled off the pitch, threw his shirt to the floor and proceeded to walk down the tunnel.

The Arsenal captain hasn't commented on the incident until now, with the Gunners releasing an official statement on their Twitter.

Xhaka wrote: "After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.

"The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.

"My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have me deeply.

"People have said things like "We will break your legs", "Kill your wife" and "Wish that your daughter gets cancer".

"That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.

Xhaka storms off

"In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy.

"That has not been my intention and I'm sorry if that's what people thought.

"My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place.

"Let's move forward positively together. Granit."

Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Saturday and it's unknown whether Xhaka will be recalled to the squad after missing out against Liverpool on Wednesday.

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