Captain Granit Xhaka appeared to swear at Arsenal supporters after he was substituted during their Premier League draw against Crystal Palace as they allowed a two-goal lead to slip.
The incident and result will see pressure grow on both Xhaka and head coach Unai Emery, who has backed the 27-year-old amid fierce fan criticism.
On the incident, Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: "He's wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation. I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action."
Early goals from defensive pairing Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz inside 106 seconds proved insufficient to earn three points as Palace fought back to draw 2-2.
The video assistant referee overturned a decision to book Wilfried Zaha for diving and instead gave the visitors a penalty, which was despatched by Luka Milivojevic, before Jordan Ayew’s fourth goal in eight games secured a share of the spoils.
There was further VAR drama late on as Sokratis was denied a late winner.
Xhaka off for the second Premier League game in a row – big cheers greet the decision as Saka comes on.
Fans giving Xhaka the hurry up – he waves his arms, cups his ears and mouths "fuck off" twice. Tears off shirt as well…. #AFC captain…
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) October 27, 2019
The result – and another poor performance from Arsenal – will be forgotten long before the incident with Xhaka as the Swiss midfielder plodded off in the 61st minute.
A decisive figure among fans, the fact he was being withdrawn was initially greeted by large cheers, which soon turned to jeers as he took his time to leave the pitch despite the score being level.
He reacted by waving his arms, cupping his ears and seemingly mouthing “F*** off” twice as he pushed away a handshake from Emery, took off his shirt and headed straight down the tunnel.
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