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Granit Xhaka says fans who hurl personal abuse on social media are “not supporters of my club” and that he wishes he could challenge the perpetrators face to face.

The Arsenal midfielder has had a chequered relationship with his club’s fanbase and his family have also been targeted online, particularly after his stormy departure from the home game against Crystal Palace in October 2019. There have been issues this season too and he says those involved are not genuine Arsenal fans.

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