Ian Wright slams Arsenal star’s actions after loss to Newcastle

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Ian Wright slammed Granit Xhaka for his forthright interview after Arsenal handed Tottenham a major boost in the race to secure Champions League football.

Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten 2-0 at Newcastle United on Monday night – days after losing to Spurs in a humiliating fashion. 

After the game, Xhaka came out and ripped into his teammates by telling Sky Sports ‘if you’re not ready, stay at home’. 

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For a number of months, the race to secure Champions League football was in Arsenal’s hands.

But they have blown up during these past few weeks and Spurs only need a point at Norwich City on the final day to secure fourth.

After the game, Wright told Premier League MatchDay Extra (16/05/22 at 10:40 pm) that Xhaka’s comments might ‘make people upset’. 

“Seeing a player coming out and saying ‘they didn’t listen to the coach’s instructions’ is a very strange interview from Granit Xhaka,” said Wright. 

“I felt it’s the kind of talk you want before the game. It’s very easy to say afterwards because, the Tottenham game, you come out and say it then. 

“To say it now, I don’t think it helps anybody – it’s very magnanimous of him to come out be honest. That’s the kind of talk you want in the dressing room for them to understand when you go out there, then you know what you need to do. 

“Afterwards, it probably makes people upset, especially when you aren’t naming names.”

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XHAKA HAS ALWAYS DIVIDED OPINION AT ARSENAL 

From the day Xhaka stepped foot into the Emirates Stadium, he has been a marmite-like figure.

From the manner in which he lost the captain’s armband to his performances for large parts of this season, which have been positive. 

He is a player you either absolutely love or you can’t wait until he leaves.

Either way, Arsenal sitting fifth with Europa League awaiting them isn’t the fault of Xhaka, but the team and coaching staff as a whole.

In other news, ‘Arteta has done brilliantly’: Ian Wright reacts to Arsenal loss, makes Tottenham claim

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