ARSENAL runner-up Granit Xhaka has apologized to his team-mates after receiving another reckless red card during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Xhaka got kicked out after only 24 minutes after a shockingly high challenge hit Diogo Jota’s waist and left referee Michael Oliver with no choice but to order him marching.
The Switzerland international received his fifth red card as a Gunners player and made Mikel Arteta’s job even harder at Anfield.
Arteta is facing a major shortage in midfield following the departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are on international duty in the Cup of African Nations.
29 years old has come Instagram after full-time and offered a heartfelt apology saying he was “very proud” of his team’s resilience as they kept a clean sheet at The Kop.
Xhaka posted: “I want to apologize to everyone. I am very proud of my team and the spirit they showed to keep a clean sheet tonight.”
Arteta switched back to five years after the Swiss was sacked and still won against all odds.
Arsenal now have high hopes of meeting Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final as they take on Liverpool at the Emirates in the second leg on Thursday.
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The Spain head coach remains cynical about Xhaka’s red card as he claims he hasn’t had a chance to look back at it.
Arteta said: “No, I haven’t seen it yet. I went for an outside interview and am here now, so I can’t judge it. I haven’t seen the action.”
But Xhaka has not been immune to criticism from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher after his latest blunder.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “Xhaka has two or three looks at Jota, he knows he’s there. It was a perfect pass from [Andy] Robertson and Jota just got his boobs on it.
“Xhaka does what Xhaka does. It’s a completely ridiculous challenge when Jota still has so much work to do. If the keeper keeps going, I think he might scare Jota and leave.
“But, was that a red card? There’s no doubt about it. The way he took him down, the strength he’s wielded, it was a ridiculous challenge.”
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