The Arsenal skipper seems to be on a selfless – and almost certainly self-destructive – mission to take a bullet for Unai Emery.
Had the Gunners manager not been blessed with the human shield of Xhaka, then he might have been fired already.
Had Emery been assessed on just about anything vaguely relating to football matters, he might have been fired already.
But he endures.
The Arsenal circus rolls on, from one maddening fixture to another, as the clown with the captain’s armband continues to draw attention away through sleight of hand or, in this case, through some hilariously tactless swear words.