Patrice Evra has revealed that legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry once ‘turned off the television’ after seeing Granit Xhaka lead the Gunners out onto the pitch as captain.
Xhaka was sent off for grabbing Burnley’s Ashley Westwood around the neck during the second-half of the Premier League encounter at the Emirates on Sunday night.
Arsenal went on to lose the game after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed into his own net to sink the Gunners to their seventh defeat of the season in just 12 Premier League games.
After the game Evra slammed the Swiss midfielder, and recalled a story about Henry’s feelings on the 28-year-old, which he said sums up how ‘legends of the club feel about him’.
Evra said during the post-match Sky Sports coverage: “We’re talking about Xhaka, I will tell you a quick story. Thierry Henry one day invited me to his house, he said “come Patrice, we’re going to watch the Arsenal game”.
“He turned on the TV. The first image we saw on the screen it was Xhaka leading Arsenal, being the captain – Thierry Henry turned off the TV.
“I said “What’s happened?”. He said “I can’t watch my team and Xhaka being the captain of my team”, and we didn’t watch the game.
“We started talking about many things and he turned off the screen. It tells you everything of what the legends of this club think about him. He again let down his team.
“We criticised Pepe so much, but Xhaka’s it’s not the first time. I remember even two years ago I made a comment about Arsenal saying the team look like babies and he came out “Patrice Evra it’s not the first time he spoke about us”.
“I remember the next game, he gets substituted or he gets off and he takes off his shirt and he throws it on the floor. So, we had enough of Xhaka. I think Arsenal fans have had enough of him.”
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