Xhaka singled out for heavy criticism despite comfortable Arsenal win


‘He’ll never learn’: One Arsenal star singled out for heavy criticism despite comfortable Leeds win‘He’ll never learn’: One Arsenal star singled out for heavy criticism despite comfortable Leeds win

 

The Arsenal faithful have flooded to social media this evening, to take firm aim at one particular member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Martinelli at the double

The Gunners of course made their return to action a short time ago.

No doubt brimming with confidence on the back of a pair of wins over Southampton and West Ham over the course of the last week, Arteta and co. made the trip to Elland Road, keen to extend their advantage over the rest of the Premier League’s top-4 chasing pack.

And, when all was said and done on Saturday evening, this is precisely what they managed.

A commanding performance, which saw them essentially out of sight by half-time, ultimately culminated in Arsenal emerging on the right side of a 4-1 scoreline.

Gabriel Martinelli proved the undoubted star of the show, adding to his strike against West Ham last time out with a sumptuous brace, the 2nd of which can be seen below:

Then, before the whistle had even blown for the interval, Bukayo Saka essentially killed the clash as a contest, with an Arsenal 3rd.

Raphinha did manage to add some respectability to the result courtesy of a wonderfully-placed penalty inside the closing 20 minutes of action, but Emile Smith Rowe’s close-range finish a short time later buried any remaining hope of a Leeds comeback.

Xhaka slammed

Arsenal, in turn, have climbed a full four points clear in the race for 4th in the Premier League (albeit with the clubs below them of course boasting games in hand).

As alluded to above, though, on the back of a fine evening’s work all-round for the club, many of a Gunners persuasion have nevertheless not been shy in taking firm aim at one member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

The player in question? Granit Xhaka.

Early in the 2nd-half, with his side cruising in possession of a 3-goal advantage, Swiss midfielder Xhaka was guilty of a completely needless lunge on Raphinha, which saw the 29-year-old blessed to avoid not only a booking, but potentially a straight red card:

The challenge served as a timely reminder of Xhaka’s penchant for moments of frankly inexcusable madness, a problem which has led some of an Arsenal persuasion to go as far as to reignite calls for the midfield maestro to be moved on in January:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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