Granit Xhaka has insisted that football is more enjoyable in empty stadiums than with an audience of thousands of raucous fans. The midfielder has endured a tense relationship with Arsenal supporters since arriving in 2016.


Xhaka“The fans are scum,” Xhaka told Soccer on Sunday. “Especially ours. That’s just me being honest. If I had my way, they wouldn’t even see the games on TV. Of course everybody wants this terrible virus gone, but I hope the fans never return.”

“Playing in empty stadiums is a joy,” said the Swiss international. “There’s nothing better than scoring a goal and hearing a pin drop, and knowing how much it’s hurting the fans not to be there. I hate them.”

“For sure, winning is sweeter without fans,” added Xhaka. “They ruin everything.”