The Arsenal midfielder ended up costing his side against Burnley
Be it any manager or any gameplan, Grant Xhaka somehow always manages to mess up and make a fool of himself. The Arsenal midfielder is way too quick to lose his head and let his team down, the same which was on show during his club’s 1-1 draw against Burnley.
The player partook in a horrid moment with goal-keeper Bernd Leno as the two players decided to pass the ball to each other in close proximity of Burnley’s players.
Albert Fumes Over Xhaka’s Mistake
While Mikel Arteta was quick to downplay the entire incident, the reaction of his assistant, Albert Stuivenberg summed up mood amongst the club’s ranks. Albert was seen thumping his head into his hand as he sat down seething and fuming, angrily gesturing towards the mishap which had just occurred.
Arteta and Albert Stuivenberg’s reaction to Xhaka’s error against Burnley💔pic.twitter.com/7dFZa5GSoC
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The misdemeanour ended up costing Arsenal the tie with Wood’s strike cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hit on the day. The result left Arsenal way adrift of an Europa League spot with the club finding itself in an ever growing plight this term.
Mikel Arteta meanwhile was quick to try and pour cold water over Xhaka’s antics.
“It can happen in football. We did it using Bernd and trying to use the holding midfielder in that situation. We scored a goal from Auba all the way from Bernd Leno,” Arteta said.
“We conceded one chance and that comes from Bernd Leno deciding to kick the ball long and we could not control the second ball with an open structure. It eventually saw Granit Xhaka pass the ball straight into Chris Wood’s path with the ball deflecting off the Burnley striker to bundle into Arsenal’s net.
“It’s what it is, it’s the way we play, it’s the way I want to play and we just have to know the risk and the rules that we have in certain areas and the types of balls we have to play.
“But it is what it is,” Arteta said after the defeat.