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Mikel Arteta defends Granit Xhaka after red card

by Koolkola

Mikel Arteta admitted that Granit Xhaka lost his head against Burnley but said he will not be drawn into criticizing the midfielder. As he is one of the most professional players he knows.

Ahead of today’s game, he addressed the red card issue that has affected the team in recent weeks.

“He [Granit] has [had a few rocky moments] and he’s not the only one,” said the boss.


“There’s a lot of players who have had rocky moments. What I can say about Granit is that his professionalism and his commitment with the club and with his teammates is maximum.


“He knows and we know that he had a moment where he lost it and I know the reason why, but what I cannot do is just throw everything that he has done away just because he made a mistake.


“We have all made mistakes and I am here as well to protect the players when I see that they deserve that and for sure, Granit is one of them for the way he approaches every training session and the way he wants to do things in the right way all the time and the professional that he is.”

When the boss was asked if Xhaka had apologised to his teammates, he replied.

“Whatever happens internally, I’m sorry but we cannot discuss,” he replied. “It’s been resolved internally and this is what I can say.”

After he was informed that we have received more red cards in his time as manager, Arteta went on to defend his players’ discipline.

“Well, we’ve had six red cards since I joined and only two have been discipline: Pepe and Granit. The rest, there have been two late tackles. One with Eddie against Leicester and the one against Palace, which was Auba. And then the other ones, there were two actions when a player was going through on goal and the defender is trying to prevent a goal. So they are not six disciplinary red cards. There have been two and those two have been dealt with.”

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