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Josh Kroenke visited Arsenal changing room after Granit Xhaka told fans to ‘f*** off’ in Crystal Palace draw

Josh Kroenke made a rare visit to the Arsenal dressing room following the club’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Manager Unai Emery explained they discussed a number of things, including Granit Xhaka’s reaction to fans as he was substituted.

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The Arsenal captain was jeered by the Emirates faithful when he walking off in the 61st minute, and responded by cupping his ears and telling fans to ‘f***off’.

Kroenke, the son of Arsenal owner Stan, appeared to side with Gunners supporters, insisting what Xhaka had done was wrong.

Emery said: “We are responsible, the club and I.

“We know our responsibility is to help everybody, and also when we are making some mistakes to recognise it.

“Sunday for example, after the match, Josh Kroenke was also in the dressing room speaking with me.

“We were speaking for 10 minutes about the situation but all the time helping each other.

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“He’s supporting me, he’s supporting the players, we were talking about the circumstance with Granit Xhaka, saying that he was wrong and we need to manage that with him.

“And also I was speaking with [head of football relations] Raul [Sanllehi], with [technical director] Edu, and also speaking with Xhaka.”

Emery confirmed Xhaka will not be included in the matchday squad to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday, in a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

The Spaniard admitted it was always his plan to rest Xhaka, but his availability for the Premier League clash with Wolves on Saturday remains up in the air.

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Arsenal have reportedly offered the midfielder counselling sessions in an attempt to help him cope with the abuse he has received in recent weeks.

“At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that,” Emery replied when asked if Xhaka could lose the captaincy.

“Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him.

“His commitment with the club is a great commitment every time. He wants to help.

“His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong.

“He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human.”

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