Gabriel Magalhaes’ comment on Xhaka’s Instagram post shows how Arsenal star is thought of

Former Arsenal skipper Granit Xhaka has been praised by summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes. The last 12 months have been the most difficult of the Switzerland international’s time at the Emirates.

The combative midfielder has found himself the target of fierce criticism from many of the Emirates faithful, which he responded to emphatically last October.

After hearing a chorus boos of as he was substituted in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man reacted angrily, cupping his ears and swearing at fans as he made his way off the pitch.

His actions – which he apologised for in a lengthy statement – led to then Arsenal manager Unai Emery relieving him of the captain’s armband, which is now worn by Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

Xhaka fell down the pecking order at the Emirates after his outburst, although he has made six appearances this season under Mikel Arteta.

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My captain

Gabriel Magalhaes’ comment on Granit Xhaka’s recent Instagram post

Despite his demotion, Xhaka is still held in high regard by many of his team-mates – including Magalhaes.

The 23-year-old lauded Xhaka on Instagram after the midfielder put up a post commenting on Switzerland’s midweek defeat to Croatia, whom they lost 2-1 to.

“Always an honour to represent my country, even if it’s a disappointment not to win,” Xhaka wrote.

“Next stop, Spain… we’ll do our all to return with three points!”

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Magalhaes commented under the post by saying: “My captain.”

The Brazilian’s reply didn’t go unnoticed by Arsenal fans, some of whom interpreted it as the defender insisting Xhaka should still be Arsenal captain.

Xhaka’s long-term future at the Emirates was thrown into major doubt on Monday following Arsenal’s acquisition of Ghana international Thomas Partey.

The Gunners signed the 27-year-old defensive midfielder from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £52.5million, handing him a four-year contract in north London.

Partey is expected to go straight into Arsenal’s starting XI, meaning Xhaka could soon find himself warming the bench.

Arsenal will return to action a week on Saturday, travelling to the Etihad Stadium to take on their fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City.

The Gunners will go into the match on the back of 2-1 win over Sheffield United, which has left them residing in fourth place in the league table.

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