Arsenal’s chief photographer Stuart MacFarlane says Lucas Torreira was “in tears and inconsolable” after Granit Xhaka told fans to “f**k off” in their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
The Gunners had flown out of the blocks and were two goals ahead inside 10 minutes, only for Palace to fight back and earn a draw.
But the talking point came after 61 minutes as Xhaka – a decisive figure among Arsenal supporters – was substituted for Bukayo Saka.
Xhaka’s withdrawal 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 mouth “f*** off” twice as he pushed away a handshake from Emery, took off his shirt and headed straight down the tunnel.
And MacFarlane, the club’s chief photographer, claims that his Arsenal team-mate Torreira was very “emotional” during the incident.
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“Didn’t want to post these pictures but felt I had to,” MacFarlane tweeted.
“This is Lucas Torreira’s emotional reaction to the abuse Granit Xhaka received after his substitution, in tears and inconsolable. Absolute love and respect for his captain.”