Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has today moved to defend his side, after the Gunners’ abysmal display at Sheffield United saw them downed by a goal to nil.
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men travelled to Bramall Lane last night, for their latest Premier League outing.
Arsenal headed into the clash on the back of a fine recent run of form, which had seen the capital giants unbeaten in their last 8 outings across all competitions.
When the 90 minutes were said and done in Sheffield, however, the Gunners were brought firmly back down to earth.
An altogether lifeless display eventually saw the visitors deservedly fall to a 1-0 defeat.
Lys Mousset bagged the only goal of the matchup, after Jack O’Connell’s header back across goal saw the Blades’ hitman afforded the freedom of the Arsenal 6-yard box to prod home.
‘People speak too much’
Arsenal’s defeat, meanwhile, has since seen the mental toughness of the north Londoners called into question once again.
One of those to have been heavily critical of Unai Emery’s men on the back of their latest showing was former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Speaking during a guest appearance on Sky Sports last night, Evra jibed:
‘I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still, when I look at them, ‘my babies’. That’s the truth.’
As such, speaking in an interview of his own earlier today, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was drawn on the suggestion that he and his fellow teammates do not possess the mental tools required to reestablish themselves amongst the Premier League’s elite.
The Swiss international, though, was in no mood to pull punches with his response:
‘We have to stop speaking about mental [issues] or bulls*** like this.’
‘For me it’s the same if you play home or away. You have to win. You have to show big character. You have to show good games and not to find always the same excuse.’
‘A lot of people speak too much. I hear that the first time he (Evra) speaks something against us. I have a lot of respect about him, because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well.’
‘It’s not only him it’s a lot of people. They speak a lot of bulls*** about us. It’s always the same.’
‘For me it’s strange because they (pundits) were in the same situation as us, they were players as well.’
‘Maybe sometimes it was good, sometimes it was not so good. But how I say if you speak every weekend, every game, bulls*** like this they speak, they don’t get respect about what they say.’
Quotes via the Evening Standard