Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka slammed for ruling himself out of Leicester City defeat
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Granit Xhaka for ruling himself out of Arsenal’s Premier League clash at Leicester City.
Under-fire Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed last week that Xhaka would miss the trip to the King Power Stadium after ruling himself out of the match.
Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since his shocking altercation with supporters during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.
The incident led Xhaka to be stripped of the captaincy but Redknapp says the Swiss midfielder should have made himself available for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.
After a goalless first 68 minutes at the King Power, two quick goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison saw the Foxes secure a 2-0 victory and climb to second in the Premier League.
‘Arsenal are in a real mess,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail. ‘Unai Emery is getting the blame, but that is a club devoid of characters in their squad right now.More: Football
‘Where is the leadership? If Granit Xhaka really was captain material, he would have been at the King Power on Saturday.
‘He would have been there fighting to win over the fans who gave him stick. Instead he was left at home, and Emery is having to pick up the pieces.
‘The last time Arsenal won away from home against a big-six club? January 2015, at Manchester City.
‘The last time they won away at Leicester? September 2015. They have big problems, and now trail Leicester by nine points.’
After losing to Leicester, Arsenal find themselves sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Emery said: ‘In the end, a bad result but we did our gameplan, thinking right in the moment and we did that and when they scored the first goal was the moment maybe.More: Football
‘Before the first goal I think we were in the match and in the second half we started to push in and create chances but they are in a good moment and they won.
‘The second half we started better, we were pushing and showing we wanted to win. They work very well, the players felt comfortable and defended good and we had chances.
‘I am sure we are going to improve after the international break.’
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