Supporters of Arsenal have taken to social media in numbers this evening to take aim at midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal 1-1 Brighton
Unai Emery’s men welcomed Brighton to the Emirates a short time ago, in a crucial outing in the club’s pursuit of a top-4 berth.
The Gunners headed into proceedings on a dismal run of domestic form, having fallen to 4 defeats in their last 5 league outings.
In addition, Chelsea’s victory over Watford earlier today made a 3-point haul an absolute necessity for Arsenal this evening.
However, when all was said and done in North London, the hosts couldn’t get the job done, eventually slumping to a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal did manage to take the lead early on, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted from the penalty spot with just 9 minutes on the clock.
6 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the sixth different @Arsenal player to score 20+ goals in a Premier League season – no other side has had more different players do so (Man Utd and Liverpool also six). Assortment. #ARSBHA
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 5, 2019
Brighton, though, drew level courtesy of a spot-kick of their own on the hour-mark, as Glenn Murray converted after Granit Xhaka had needlessly felled Solly March in the hosts’ box
The final half-hour saw Arsenal huff and puff in their pursuit of an all-important go-ahead goal, but eventually fall short, as the Gunners’ hopes of securing a top-4 berth took a fatal blow.
As such, it has since come as little surprise to see a number of Arsenal’s stars singled out for heavy criticism online.
The likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have both been targeted, but no player has been more widely-singled out by the North Londoners’ fans than Granit Xhaka.
As outlined above, the Swiss midfielder, in a moment of complete rashness, gave away the all-important penalty that allowed Brighton to level things up, with Xhaka’s all-round performance having also left a lot to be desired:
What is Xhaka doing there? Seriously????? Madness.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 5, 2019
That was so stupid from Xhaka that Mustafi cannot comprehend how stupid it was
— Mean Lean (@arsenalvision) May 5, 2019
What on earth was Xhaka doing with his arm reaching to March? Absolutely no need to do that even if March went down far too easily.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) May 5, 2019
Granit Xhaka is a liability. Commits so many fouls and picks up so many yellows, it’s a joke. #AFC
— Mark Jepson (@markjepson) May 5, 2019
Granit Xhaka has to be the most senseless footballer on earth…too clumsy…no brain whatsoever..
— Olayinka (@ykgunnerz) May 5, 2019
That was pathetic by Xhaka
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) May 5, 2019
Xhaka, you stupid idiot.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) May 5, 2019
Xhaka is another player who can do stupid things on the pitch even if he is having a good game. No way he should’ve put his hands on that player. Not good enough
— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) May 5, 2019
Xhaka is completely and utterly brainless, how anyone thinks we can go forward with this guy is behind me.
— Arsenal (@ffarsenalfc) May 5, 2019
Tell me, Twitter, what do you think of Granit Xhaka? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/YTV9aacZMI
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) May 5, 2019