Darren Bent has ripped into Arsenal manager Unai Emery for throwing midfielder Granit Xhaka under the bus at the Emirates Stadium this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker, who is also a boyhood fan of the Gunners, says that he blames the Spanish boss for the Swiss international’s fall from grace in north London.
The midfielder was heavily criticised for his behaviour earlier this season, gesturing towards the fans and displaying his frustration in a move which saw him stripped of the Arsenal captaincy.
Bent says he cannot see any way back for the Swiss midfielder at the Emirates Stadium and says that Emery is partly to blame for his downfall.
Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t see how he comes back from this. Obviously the way he reacted to the fans and then getting stripped of the captaincy, I don’t see how Unai Emery (can bring him back).
“I do blame Emery for a lot of this because he’s the one that made him the captain, he’s the one who came out, kind of threw him under the bus straight away and said: ‘Listen, he should apologise and if he doesn’t apologise it’s all his fault.
“I think he could have handled it so much better but because he didn’t, he kind of threw Xhaka under the bus, that’s why the whole thing blew up in this saga.”
Xhaka, 27, has 144 appearances under his belt for the Gunner since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach, but after nine Premier League outings this season was left out of the squad completely versus Wolves.
Having stripped the Swiss international of the armband, Emery has handed the captaincy to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a permanent basis.
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