‘He will make his mistakes, but he always plays’ – Paul Merson insists Arsenal are still ‘better team’ with Granit Xhaka

Before Arsenal star Paul Merson praised Granit Xhaka’s attitude despite the midfielder being sent off Liverpool in their last game.

The Gunners had to play with ten men for more than an inning after Xhaka’s consecutive red-hot tie in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

Arsenal held to a 0-0 draw but Xhaka drew some criticism on social media after another sacking in an Arsenal shirt.

“A totally SPECIAL challenge!”@ Carra23 Take a closer look at Granit Xhaka’s red card handling early in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Liverpool

Red is Xhaka’s second of the season. However, Merson feels that despite his discipline problems, the Swiss international has always shown determination on the pitch.

“He will run through a brick wall for you. He’ll make his mistakes, he’ll be sent off and he’ll get a yellow card, but he’s always playing. I think they are a better team with him in it. That’s a compliment,” Merson said.

Granit Xhaka’s suspension could cost Arsenal

Arsenal’s squad has been strained due to a number of COVID-19 cases as well as injuries.

Mikel Arteta also lost Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey to AFCON earlier this month, so Xhaka’s absence will be a huge loss for the manager.

The Gunners may receive a bit of criticism as they have too many injuries and positive circumstances for Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur to go ahead.

On the other hand, Xhaka will be very disappointed as he was not able to help his team during the entire match.

Arsenal didn’t have much of the ball after Xhaka’s footwork but defended well to equalize. The match will go well into the second leg next Thursday.

Xhaka’s application on the field of his passing and distribution adds a lot to the team. But the Swiss international needs to be more careful with his tackles.

The 29-year-old has received 46 yellow cards and four red cards in the Premier League for Arsenal, and that is too much for a player playing the role of a pivotal midfielder.

Xhaka later apologized on social media for the red card against Liverpool, but it may not mean much to Arsenal fans, who are growing impatient with his disciplinary record. ‘He will make his mistakes, but he always plays’ – Paul Merson insists Arsenal are still ‘better team’ with Granit Xhaka


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