Arsenal: The five red cards for Granit Xhaka at Arsenal

Where does Granit Shaka start? The Arsenal midfielder has found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week…again.

The former Arsenal captain was sent off for the fifth time in just over five years at the north London club in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Thursday night.

Xhaka apologized to ‘everyone’ at Arsenal for his clumsy sack in the quarter-final match at Anfield before revealing his ‘pride’ for his Arsenal teammates for saving the unexpected draw.

However, lack of discipline and reckless moments from one of the club’s seniors have become all too common.

Granit Xhaka apologized to everyone at Arsenal for his expulsion at Liverpool on Thursday

The Swiss midfielder admitted he was sorry for his moment of madness early on at Anfield

The Swiss midfielder admitted he was sorry for his moment of madness early on at Anfield

Not only has Xhaka received more than his fair share of red cards, but 62 yellow cards during his time in the Premier League, and his incredible drive towards the club’s fans in 2019 is hard to forget.

He stormed off the field and told the fans “f*** off” when he was substituted in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Xhaka eruption saw Unai Emery take the captain off him and remove him from the match day teams as punishment.

Recent reports have linked Xhaka to a move away from the club to Roma, led by Jose Mourinho. Perhaps Arsenal are finally tired of their traumatic moments.

here, Sportsmail He looks at the five occasions Xhaka let Arsenal down by sending him off.

October 2016

Xhaka’s first red came in his Arsenal career in a 3-2 win over Swansea. Theo Walcott brace and Mesut Ozil’s goal grabbed Arsenal’s dominance with a 3-1 lead with an hour before play.

Borja Baston parried the goal for Swans to put a tense finish in the Emirates, and just as Arsene Wenger’s side needed calm and composure, Xhaka was ordered to walk.

The Swiss international received a direct red card from referee Jonathan Moss for a reckless dash on Modu Barrow.

Xhaka received his first red card for Arsenal in the 3-2 win over Swansea in the 2016-17 season

Xhaka received his first red card for Arsenal in the 3-2 win over Swansea in the 2016-17 season

“He’s not a dirty player at all, but sometimes he is clumsy,” Wenger said after the match.

He is not a natural defender. He’s a guy who loves to play forward, and Barrow has made a lot of it for him, too.

“Because he’s gone, the referee saw bad interference. It’s what it is, he has to learn from it. Intelligence means you don’t make the same mistake twice.”

He was eighth in red for club and country in just over two years and it looks like he hasn’t learned his lesson yet.

Arsenal managed to keep the three points on this occasion but Xhaka’s sending off made it a lot more difficult than it should have been.

January 2017

Just a few months after blood spurted to the head in Arsenal’s colours, Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed scissor intervention on Burnley’s Stephen Devore.

Once again it came at a time when the Gunners were in control, leading Claret 1-0.

Xhaka slid his feet in an attempt to gain possession of Defour after giving the ball away to his opposite number, but his challenge was hasty and considered unsafe.

Xhaka’s lack of discipline in the 65th minute nearly cost his side three points as Burnley leveled in stoppage time thanks to an Andre Gray penalty.

Alexis Sanchez came to the rescue with a penalty of his own in the eighth minute of stoppage time – resting Xhaka.

Xhaka was expelled from his position for dealing with scissors with Burnley's Stephen Devore months later

Xhaka was expelled from his position for dealing with scissors with Burnley’s Stephen Devore months later

December 2020

Xhaka managed to make it nearly four years without looking at the referee’s red card in favor of Arsenal, but against Burnley in the 2020-21 season, he left the referee with no choice.

The 29-year-old snatched the Clarett midfielder by the throat as Arsenal’s reckless header completely lost his nerve in the league game.

This time his unwarranted behavior cost the Arsenal team as they lost 1-0 after being sacked in the 56th minute.

Arteta called Xhaka’s behavior “unacceptable” and said he “crossed the line”.

It was revealed at the time that Xhaka was fighting to save his career with Emirates Airlines after that moment of insanity.

Xhaka left the referee without a choice by snatching Ashley Westwood from Burnley in 2020

Xhaka left the referee without a choice by snatching Ashley Westwood from Burnley in 2020

August 2021

With Arsenal trailing 2-0 against champions Manchester City, Xhaka was sent off for the fourth time in his Arsenal career.

The midfielder was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Joao Cancelo in the 35th minute, making the task even more difficult for his Al Ittihad teammates.

Not only did they face Arteta’s side in the match, they were already under tremendous pressure after a poor start to the season and Xhaka’s unbridled interference could not have come at a worse time.

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has moved to Zaka after being awarded the No. 11 red in club football.

He said: “Those are 11 red cards in his career, you can’t justify that” Today’s match.

All he said to his teammates was ‘I’m sorry you’re alone not feeling like this today’. Who is trying to impress him? I do not know.

You can’t just take it and get into it like that, we all know the rules. He endangers his opponent.

“He (Arteta) would be angry at this interference. You’re against him anyway, you can’t do that kind of thing.

Just when Arsenal needed some toughness and discipline, Xhaka failed – and crushed Arteta’s team 5-0.

Xhaka was sent off for the fourth time in his Arsenal career against Manchester City in August

Xhaka was sent off for the fourth time in his Arsenal career against Manchester City in August

January 2022

Xhaka left his teammates on another daunting task this week after challenging Liverpool’s Diogo Jota when he was the last defender.

Arsenal had to sail away in 66 minutes when they were 10 men against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Anfield with the midfielder saying he was sorry after the 0-0 draw.

Arsenal fans have been prompted by Xhaka’s “unexplained responsibility” after the midfielder received another early red card while being criticized by football analyst Jamie Carragher.

Xhaka was sent off for challenging Liverpool's Diogo Jota when he was the last defender

Xhaka was sent off for challenging Liverpool’s Diogo Jota when he was the last defender

“Jota just thinks, ‘I should put my chest on her,'” he said on Sky Sports. “

“Then Xhaka does what Xhaka does, he does an absolutely ridiculous challenge when Jota has so much to do.”

After looking at the incident in more detail, Carragher added: “She asked me if it was a red card. There is no doubt that it was a red card.

At first we weren’t sure, did he know he was there? But the way he got him out, and the force he got him out of, is a pretty ridiculous challenge.

Only Spain defender Sergio Ramos has had more parcels since the Swiss midfielder made his Arsenal debut in the 2016-17 season.

How many times can Arsenal have Xhaka bearing the bad news?

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