Alan Shearer reacts to Granit Xhaka red card in Arsenal loss
Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day that it was the correct decision to show Granit Xhaka a red card as Arsenal suffered defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s side’s season went from bad to worse this weekend. The Gunners were beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal started brightly. However, City quickly seized control of the game and were 2-0 up inside 12 minutes.
And it was 10 minutes before the break when the visitors lost Xhaka. The midfielder leapt in on Joao Cancelo.
He actually did not appear to make much contact with the City man. However, he went in with both feet after leaving the ground.
Some may argue that the challenge was not strong enough for Xhaka to be sent off, or at least for Cancelo to stay down. But it was bizarre of the 28-year-old to even leave the referee with a decision to make.
And most will surely feel that Xhaka was right to be dismissed. Shearer certainly felt that the Swiss really let his teammates down.
“That’s 11 red cards in his career now,” he told Match of the Day. “You just can’t excuse this. All he’s said to his teammates is: ‘sorry lads, you’re on your own, I don’t fancy this today’.
“Who he’s trying to impress, I just don’t know. We all know the laws, you can’t go in like that. He’s putting his opponent in danger, he’s out of control. It’s the correct decision, it’s a red card.”
Xhaka red card shows Arsenal why fans were scratching their heads over new contract
Many will be baffled that Xhaka felt that he would get away with a two-footed challenge.
But Arsenal fans will hardly be surprised to see Xhaka’s discipline cost Arteta’s side. Unfortunately, it is not the first time.
That moment highlights why so many expressed frustration, anger or disbelief over the news that he had signed a new contract in the last few weeks.
He was a player linked with a move away throughout the window. But he is now set for a longer stay. And he has even captained the side this season.
And already, the decision to extend his contract is looking incredibly questionable.
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