Alan Shearer has stated that Granit Xhaka’s interview being critical of the Arsenal players after their defeat at Newcastle United was ‘slightly disappointing’.
The Newcastle legend told Premier League Productions (16/05/22 at 10:45 pm) that Xhaka ‘wasn’t exactly brilliant’ on the night, as Arsenal’s Champions League hopes went up in tatters.
Only last week, Mikel Arteta was one win away from guiding his young squad to Champions League football.
But the Gunners have managed to shoot themselves in the foot, with Xhaka making it clear to his players ‘stay at home’ if they aren’t ready to perform, as he told Sky Sports.
They are comments that didn’t sit well with Shearer, who was also critical of Arsenal not ‘working harder’ than their opponents.
“One thing that isn’t acceptable is for anyone in football to say is ‘the other team worked harder than us’,” said Shearer.
“That’s free. Everyone can work hard. You shouldn’t be in that kit if you don’t work hard, that’s a given. And that was the case for Arsenal and the other night against Tottenham. Out-thought and out-fought.
“I understand why the emotions will be anger and will be hurt. But I don’t like what Granit Xhaka said in terms of the youngsters. ‘If you can’t handle it, then don’t come. Or sit on the bench’.
“He wasn’t exactly brilliant because he was poor as well, so he had to hold his hands up, so he wasn’t good enough, not just the youngsters.
“So, that was slightly disappointing to hear from an experienced player.”
XHAKA SPEAKING THE TRUTH ABOUT ARSENAL
Regardless of how the media or ex-players want to spin it, there was a lot of truth in what Xhaka said after Monday night’s game.
There’s no doubt that some could argue that you should keep some of that stuff in-house.
But, at the end of the day, fans want to see players being themselves, not robots, so from that perspective, it was refreshing to see Xhaka being as honest as he could be.
In recent years, there’s no doubt that he has been a problem for the club, but this season, he has been one of his side’s better players.
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