The Swiss international was ruled out in 25 minutes when Arsenal battled a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the first leg of the Carabao Cup.
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Fair play do Granite Xhaka, nowadays they don’t turn it off against anyone.
Cat Andy Robertson the pass hung in the air like the wind searching for a mouse, you saw Xhaka’s offense – and his exclusion from the North London derby this weekend – approaching a mile away.
Volleying of Diogo Jota he was not intentionally violent nor was he a cynical attempt to prevent a goal opportunity.
In fact, it is somewhat debatable whether it was an obvious opportunity to score.
Jota redirected the ball to Ben White’s path, but his touch might have been a little more subtle without Xhaka’s boot hitting him in the stomach.
Still, Michael Oliver, who left a lot behind when he took over the Manchester United-Aston Villa match on Monday, could hardly wait to fire Xhako.
That’s not to say it was a bad decision, a wrong call. It was not. When the main argument is whether the card should be for denial of opportunity or for violent conduct, you know that a rather serious offense has been committed.
But this is Xhaka for you.
This one wasn’t cynical or violent, this one was just amateurish. This was Sunday’s league.
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And here is your fundamental problem. Xhaka has quite a few traits, he can be relatively effective, but as a senior player he is too often irresponsible or irrational.
Therefore, Arsenal, which has been resolutely defending after the exclusion of Xhaka, will be seriously naked for Sunday’s game against the Spurs.
And so Xhaka will continue to be a regular obligation.