Crystal Palace boss Vieira delivers Arsenal midfielder Xhaka ultimate endorsement

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira admits he’s a fan of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

The former Gunners captain was pressed on which stars playing the game today remind him of himself, to which he nominated the Swiss.

He said: “Xhaka at Arsenal, I think he is a team player, I think he is somebody you may not notice, you may not mention a lot but he is doing really hard work for the team.”

Xhaka’s infamous on-pitch, foul-mouthed tirade at the Arsenal supporters back in 2019 so very nearly cost him his Gunners career, but what has followed has been nothing short of remarkable.

Vieira actually leapt to the defence of the Swiss international after his meltdown in 2019, saying: “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.”