Carragher dumbfounded by something Arsenal star did shortly after FT, following 2-0 defeat to Newcastle

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Jamie Carragher was bemused after Arsenal man Granit Xhaka decided to blame some of his Gunners teammates – during his analysis on Monday Night Football. The Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

A win was required by Arsenal to re-assert their place in fourth position, after Spurs had beaten them last Thursday – and then earned a 1-0 win over Burnley. But they failed to do that, allowing the pressure to beat them.

The intense and party-like atmosphere at Newcastle was in full swing. The Toon were brilliant, and finally opened the scoring when Joelinton’s cross was inadvertently turned into his own goal by Arsenal defender Ben White.

A second came late on, a mix up at the back and Aaron Ramsdale’s tackle falling to Bruno Guimaraes who finished well. Xhaka spoke after the match, saying some Arsenal players felt nervous but they should not have played.

Xhaka even suggested that some players had not listened to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – as per Football London. Carragher responded, questioning why he is shifting the blame on to perhaps, some of the younger players.

“He’s having a go at his teammates, saying they weren’t ready. It’s easy to come out and be strong like that. Do it on the pitch.

“It was an experienced player having a dig at some of the younger players. It is easy to do that sort of interview, he was part of that,” Carragher said.

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Carragher bemused by Arsenal man Xhaka: Heat of the moment?

If a player with no previous had given this kind of interview after a match, you would appreciate that it was the heat of the moment, and in normal circumstances, he might not have been so open. But this is Xhaka.

A player that has been stripped of the captaincy, has a long-standing issue with discipline and often speaks too honestly. If he could back up his words with performances on the pitch, then fair enough.

But as Carragher states, he was part of the problem against Newcastle and did very little to stop the likes of Guimaraes and Joelinton shining from the middle of the park. Xhaka’s choice of words were poor.

Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

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