Arsenal must move to Granit Xhak’s “responsibility” to continue the leadership of Mikel Arteta, says Jamie Carragher | football news

Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal is held back by the “responsibility” of Granit Xhak and insists that he must move it if they are to take the next step in their leadership under Mike Arteta.

The Swiss national team received the fifth red card in Arsenal’s career for the last foul on Diogo Jota in the first half of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final match against Liverpool at Anfield.

The ten-member Gunners, after his exclusion, showed a spirited defensive performance, which frustrated Liverpool to ensure a goalless draw, which Xhaka apologized on social networks.

“I want to apologize to everyone,” he wrote. “I’m so proud of my team and the spirit they showed they kept a clean account tonight.”

But Carragher believes that Xhak’s “ridiculous” foul of chasing Jota from Andrew Robertson’s long pass was just the latest example of how he disappointed his younger teammates.

“Xhaka does what Xhaka does,” he said Sky Sports scholar at half time. “It’s a ridiculous challenge when Jota is still so busy. The way he’s done him and the power he’s doing. There’s no doubt it’s a red card.”

After the match, Carragher added: “Every manager looks from the outside, so I think he has to be a good character, a good coach and a good guy.

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The best of the first semi-final match of the Carabao Cup between Liverpool and Arsenal

“He’s also a good player, we’ve seen it in the Swiss jersey and sometimes in the Arsenal jersey. But it’s getting to a stage where it’s a problem in terms of what we saw tonight.”

“We can talk about how great Arsenal was, but more often it happens that you drop to 10 men in Anfield, you don’t just lose the match, you’re probably out of competition.

“Liverpool should try to win 2-0, maybe 3-0 in such a situation, and the game is over. It depends on Arsenal having 10 men and this happens too often.”

“We talked about how well Arsenal played against Man City, but even that was destroyed and Xhaka was involved again. [conceding the penalty for the equaliser].

“It’s happening too much now. He’s not a young guy who you think will learn from experience. He’s one of their experienced players, and that’s the only thing that keeps Arsenal from taking the next step.”

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Jamie Carragher says Granit Xhaka deserves to be expelled after his “ridiculous” challenge to Diogo Jota

“I’m so impressed with Mike Arteta and these young players and what they’ve shown this season, but the real experienced players on the team are the ones who let the young players down.”

“Normally, it’s the other way around and that is a huge problem for Arsenal in the future.

“It will never change now. We’re talking about a man who played perhaps 250 games for Arsenal. He’s a player he has to move on.”

Paul Merson, meanwhile, felt it was cruel to praise Xhaku for criticizing him for a red card because of the general confusion in Arsenal’s defense when Liverpool sprang forward from a counterattack.

Michael Oliver’s Granite Xhaka was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle

“It wasn’t what I’ve seen from Granit Xhaka over the years saying, ‘Why did you do that?'” Merson said.

“I wouldn’t go to him there. First, he’s watching it back. He could have been lazy and said I wasn’t doing it.”

“There are also too many players in the whole country who were in the country.

“It will end with Xhaka getting another red card, but if it was Kieran Tierney who was expelled, we would say it was unfortunate.”

Analysis: Xhaka red can still prove expensive

Nick Wright of Sky Sports:

Arsenal seemed to have found his feet after a frantic start at Anfield when Xhaka pressed the self-destruct button and clumsily knocked Jota down as he approached the goal.

There was a grim inevitability about what was to come. In fact, the feeling never seems to be far away when Xhaka is nearby. Michael Oliver’s red card was greeted with the usual distrustful expression, but no one was surprised.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that the elimination of Granit Xhaka greatly complicated his tactics against Liverpool

As Carragher said, this is what Xhaka does.

He remains a key figure for Mikeel Arteta – only Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have played several minutes for Arsenal since the Spaniard’s appointment as manager – but his latest transgression comes just two weeks after his last.

The penalty he had given against Manchester City was controversial, of course, but it was typical of Xhaka and proved crucial, as is often the case, when Arsenal relinquished the lead and lost the match he was supposed to win.

This time, his teammates managed to keep a draw in his absence, which gave them a real chance to win a place in the Carabao Cup final, even though they played 66 minutes of this semi-final first match with only 10 men.

But Xhak’s latest mistake can still be more expensive. With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny already at AFCON, Ainsley Maitland-Niles lent Rome and Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe absent due to illness, his exclusion leaves Albert Sambi Lokong as the only suitable midfielder to face Tottenham on Sunday. .

Xhaka made hard work harder. And I feel like he’s been doing it for a while.


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