Arsenal members respond to Granit Xhaka’s apology after last red card

Granit Xhaka was sent off during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday night, and is now suspended in the north London derby at Tottenham.

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Mikel Arteta discusses Arsenal’s team spirit after Liverpool’s draw

Arsenal players have responded to Granit Xhaka’s apology for his sending off against Liverpool on Thursday night.

The Swiss international received the fifth red card in his career with Arsenal during the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at Anfield.

Xhaka presented a poor challenge to Liverpool striker Diego Jota after just 24 minutes, before his teammates managed to maintain a heroic goalless draw.

The midfielder will now miss the return leg in the Emirates next week, as well as Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

“I want to apologize to everyone,” Shaka wrote on Instagram. “I am very proud of my team and the spirit they showed to keep a clean sheet tonight.”

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Granit Xhaka was sent off against Liverpool on Thursday


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While some Arsenal fans may feel frustrated with Xhaka, others have responded to his Instagram post with messages of support.

Current Gunners captain Alexandre Lacazette also backed the suspended ace to make a comeback, replying: “We’re together.”

“Together,” defender Rob Holding added.

Asked about the red card after the match, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said: “I didn’t watch it… I can’t judge it because I didn’t watch the event.”

But the Spaniard praised his players for preventing them from taking the lead in the home and away match. Just two months ago, Arsenal lost 4-0 at Anfield.

“I am very proud of what the boys did today on a very difficult court against a great opponent and they played 70 minutes with 10 men,” Arteta said.

“It was about the fighting, the spirit, the commitment and also the quality they showed to play a game that is not in our strength and not in what we trained, but it was necessary to win.

“I want to see a team that plays with passion and conveys everything we talked about every day and I’ve seen that day, so I’m very happy.”

Liverpool legend Jimmy Carragher criticized Xhaka for his ‘funny’ challenge to Jota but insisted other Arsenal players were to blame for his expulsion.

“When you’re a defender now – and we see Kieran Tierney … his job, even though he has four or five players up the field, you still have to put pressure on him,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta will miss Xhaka for the crucial matches against Tottenham and Liverpool


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“And this is the guy who fired Xhaka. Then Tierney follows the ball to Jordan Henderson, because again, ‘We push and we push.’” “

“And his colleague Gabriel, he got in with Roberto Firmino. It’s not a mistake on their part, that’s what he asked them to do. But they didn’t get close enough to affect play.

“And now you have a race between Xhaka and Jota. Xhaka knows he’s there, he has two or three looks. This pass from Andy Robertson is a perfect pass.

“Jota thinks, ‘I just managed to do it’ and Xhaka does what Xhaka does. He does an absolutely ridiculous challenge when Jota has so much to do.”

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