Vieira: 'Xhaka deserves a lot of respect'
- The Invincible feels sorry for Granit Xhaka.
- The 27-year-old has played well for Arsenal and the fans' attacks on him were over the top.
- OGC Nice manager slams Xhaka's critics.
- He believes that the Switzerland international will leave the current clash with fans behind.
The Gunners' legend Patrick Vieira has leaped to Granit Xhaka's defence. The Switzerland international was stripped of captaincy following the notorious incident in an October clash against Crystal Palace.
"I feel sorry for him because he [was] the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal," Vieira told Sky Sports.
"I think we have to remind ourselves that he’s achieved a lot since he’s at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect.
"When you’re a player and don’t perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself. And sometimes you say things or do things you regret.
"I find it really difficult a lot of ex-footballers have jumped on him and being really negative towards him - it's too easy.
"I know how good he is and he will come through this difficult period because he's a strong man, he's a good player. And he will show how good he is.''
Vieira has also supported Unai Emery. The coach faces heavy pressure from the fans and the media, but the current OGC Nice manager backed him, saying: "We have to get behind him and give him time to change things."