Jamie Carragher has slammed Granit Xhaka during Monday Night Football’s coverage of Arsenal’s win (broadcast on Sky Sports; 9/12; 20:58), labelling his attempt to win the ball before West Ham’s goal shocking.
The Gunners have their first win under Freddie Ljungberg. But it was arguably not the kind of performance that Arsenal fans will be getting carried away about.
The visitors scored three times in nine second-half minutes at the London Stadium to turn the game on its head. It was a comeback that did not appear to be on the cards after a particularly lacklustre display.
And they were initially made to pay for their performance as Angelo Ogbonna broke the deadlock.
And while there was some talk about whether the defender used his arm to put the ball in – replays showed that he had not – Carragher focused more on Xhaka seemingly ducking out of the way to avoid a collision with Ogbonna.
“Whenever we do Arsenal it always feels like we have two or three fall guys, but Xhaka here is shocking,” he told Monday Night Football.
“The ball comes across, and he just ducks out of it. Do more than that! Put him off the header. Do something there.”
It did appear to be a disappointing performance from Xhaka. He also made a poor challenge on Felipe Anderson inside the penalty area during the first-half. Had Anderson stood any chance of getting onto the ball, it would not have been a surprise if a penalty had been given.
The Swiss arguably has plenty of work to do to win his doubters and critics over. His display at the London Stadium probably did him few favours.