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Granit Xhaka refuses to back Unai Emery after Arsenals Europa League final defeat to Chelsea

Granit Xhaka refused to back Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal star Granit Xhaka refused to back U..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at June 1, 2019

Granit Xhaka refused to back Unai Emery
Granit Xhaka refused to back Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka refused to back Unai Emery after the Gunners Europa League final defeat to Chelsea by claiming he didnt know if the side had progressed under the Spaniard.

The Gunners 4-1 defeat in Baku ensured Emery finished his debut campaign at the Emirates without a trophy and Arsenal will play a third consecutive season in the Europa League next term.

The defeat means Emerys budget will be around £45m this summer and hes admitted several first-team stars could now leave the club as a consequence.

Arsene Wenger faced constant questions on his future towards the end of his reign but the Gunners end-of-season collapse under Emery was reminiscent of the form they showed under the Frenchman in the latter years of his 21-year spell.

Unai Emery said 'nothing' in the dressing room after Arsenal's defeat
Unai Emery said nothing in the dressing room afterwards (Picture: Getty)

And, in a damning assessment of Emerys first year in charge of the Gunners, Xhaka refused to say whether he felt the side had improved under the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.

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Asked if Emery had taken the club forward, Xhaka replied:

I dont know. Im not the right person to give you an answer about this.

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Emery had won all three of his previous Europa League finals before joining Arsenal and was understandably frustrated afterwards.

However, Xhaka says the Spaniard didnt say anything in the dressing room and sat with the squad in silence.

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