Arsenal slipped to a penalty shootout defeat against Real Madrid last night to end their pre-season tour of America in disappointment.
Unai Emery’s team led at the break thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nacho was sent off for the Spanish giants in the ninth minute and it had looked like being plain sailing for the Gunners.
This is Arsenal though…
Two needless yellow cards from Sokratis Papastathopoulos just before the break handed Zinedine Zidane’s side a chance of reprieve against a level playing field.
Two goals just after the break from Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio ensured that the scores were level after the 90.
Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal and academy starlet Robbie Burton all missed their spot-kicks to give Madrid the pre-season victory.
Swiss star Xhaka came in for his fair share of criticism from the Arsenal supporters following the contest.
The 26-year-old was a regular in Emery’s team last season. He featured 40 times in all competitions and has captained the side on occasions.
The Gunners fans weren’t happy with the £100,000-a-week star’s showing, however.
They took to Twitter to vent their frustration at his latest performance.
Here is a selection of what Arsenal fans were saying about Granit Xhaka:
“Granit Xhaka deserves captaincy”
This guy should be nowhere near the starting XI nevermind captain imo.
— Sam Uddin (@Officialelsamo) July 24, 2019
Arsenal 2 Real Madrid 2
(Madrid win the penalty shootout)
•Willock was absolutely brilliant
•Aubameyang easy top 5 best strikers in the world
•Özil’s workrate was 100%, looks great.
•Overall: Good performance, plenty of positives to take. pic.twitter.com/KD9NYedYb6
— Tommy🔴⚪️ (@FtblTommy_) July 24, 2019
Arsenal must sell Mustafi, Xhaka and Kolasinac if Emery want to improve the team for top 4.
New CB, LB and top winger is very important for Arsenal season is vital
Proud of young players and well done to them 👍
— Craig 🏴 (@GoonerBhoys77) July 24, 2019
I hope Granit Xhaka never takes a penalty in any televised, pre-season or competitive game ever again.
— Pádraig (@afcpadraig) July 24, 2019
I don't know how managers can watch Xhaka day in day out and decide they will keep picking him
— 'Bold and Brave' (@patrick42uk) July 23, 2019
Mustafi not good enough
Koscielny not good enough
Carl Jenkinson not good enough
granit xhaka not good enough
Mohammed.m not good enough
Henrikh Mkhitaryan not good enough
Nacho monreal his best days are behind him
Please sell @Arsenal
Really not enjoying the performances of Xhaka and Mkhi
— Next Generation Arsenal 🔴⚪️ (@scoutingindoors) July 23, 2019
This Xhaka diasterclass
— Matt (#FreeZaha) (@m_tactician) July 24, 2019
xhaka just isn’t good enough to play for a top premier league side, way too much of a liability and generally clumsy
— graci (@spikeIeejoint) July 24, 2019