Granit Xhaka picked up his eleventh sending off of his career so far with a rash, high challenge on Joao Cancelo as Man City would take full advantage of their extra man against Arsenal
It should come as no surprise to Arsenal fans that Granit Xhaka was the culprit of a red card challenge in their 5-0 defeat to Man City.
The midfielder picked up his eleventh sending off of his career so far with a rash, high challenge on Joao Cancelo as Pep Guardiola’s men would take full advantage of their extra man.
Arsenal are sitting bottom of the table on zero points with three defeats from three and no goals scored.
Alan Shearer believes the Swiss international let his manager down who is under immense pressure at the minute.
But perhaps it shouldn’t be a shock that Xhaka put himself in that position.
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Arsene Wenger has repeatedly highlighted that his tackling has been an issue ever since he arrived at the club and it proved to be the case on Sunday.
The legendary Gunners boss said: “It’s more the way he tackles that is not really convincing. He doesn’t master well the technique of tackling.”
No player has picked up more cards than Xhaka during his time at the Emirates, and he holds the joint record as an Arsenal player with the most red cards in a single season (2). He has also received 58 yellow cards as a Gunner.
After the midfielder’s red card against Burnley in 2017, Wenger, who was the Arsenal manager at the time said: “I think he’s not naturally a great tackler.”
Wenger warned Xhaka about the timing of his tackles, pleading him to avoid going to ground if he could: “I would rather encourage him not to tackle, to stay on his feet and that’s the best way to deal with it.
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“Tackling is a technique that you learn at a young age. You can improve it but when you are face to face with somebody, it’s better you stay up.”
Speaking to BT Sport, Mikel Arteta expressed his annoyance with the 28-year-old: “I am angry because of the consequences that it had to the team.”
Shearer reckons there is no excuse for Xhaka’s lapse in concentration given the importance of the match.
The pundit said on BBC’s Match of the Day: “That’s 11 red cards in his career now. You just can’t excuse this. All he’s said to his teammates is ‘sorry lads, I don’t fancy this today’”
“Who he’s trying to impress I don’t know. You cannot tackle (like that). We all know the laws, you can’t go in like that. He’s putting his opponent in danger. He’s out of control. It’s the correct decision. It’s a red card.”