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Lee Dixon slams ‘silly’ Granit Xhaka for diving in Arsenal’s win over Crystal Palace

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Granit Xhaka was booked for simulation within the first half (Image: Sky Sports activities/Premier League)

Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has slammed ‘silly’ Granit Xhaka for diving of their Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Friday night time.

Xhaka was booked for simulation within the first half, throwing himself to the bottom after anticipating a sort out from Joachim Andersen.

The 29-year-old Switzerland worldwide has been handed a yellow card 53 occasions within the top-flight since his 2016 arrival, with 10 of these coming final season.

‘Let’s simply wait till the second half and see if one other yellow comes out,’ former Gunner Dixon stated about Xhaka.

‘That may be a dive, fairly rightly booked and for a person of his expertise, silly!’

Gary Neville says Granit Xhaka will ‘all the time allow you to down sooner or later within the season’ and Arsenal ought to put together for that eventuality.

Xhaka has been a divisive determine among the many Gunners fanbase, partly as a consequence of his poor disciplinary report.

Gary Neville was additionally extremely vital of Granit Xhaka’s antics on Friday (Image: Getty)

Nevertheless, Xhaka has constantly been picked as a starter by each supervisor he’s performed underneath on the Emirates Stadium – Arsene WengerUnai Emery and now Mikel Arteta.

‘Even Xhaka tonight, he bought booked. I all the time assume he’s going to go and allow you to down,’ Neville advised Sky Sports activities.

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‘He’s all the time going to allow you to down sooner or later within the season, so that you assume, you need to plan for that now. You realize it’s coming.’

Xhaka lately hit again at pundit Neville for calling him a shame final season.

Granit Xhaka has been booked 53 occasions within the top-flight (Image: Getty)

Neville was livid with Xhaka following Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle within the penultimate sport of the 2021-22 marketing campaign, a end result which noticed the Gunners give up their benefit within the Premier League prime 4 race.

Mikel Arteta’s fifth-place facet finally missed out on a Champions League spot for 2022-23, with north London rivals Tottenham securing fourth as an alternative.

Xhaka got here out after the loss and appeared to take a jab at Arsenal’s younger gamers, saying: ‘If somebody isn’t prepared for this sport, keep at house.

‘It doesn’t matter your age. If you happen to’re nervous, keep on the bench or keep at house. You want folks to have the balls to come back right here and play.’

Granit Xhaka feels his feedback about Arsenal’s children had been misunderstood (Image: Getty)

Neville responded in his post-match evaluation, including: ‘I don’t know who he’s having a go at, I hope he wasn’t having a go on the youthful gamers…him?

‘I let you know what he’s been a shame at occasions during the last 4 or 5 years, getting despatched off recklessly. He’s left it up within the air there, that was nothing there.’

Xhaka, although, responded to these feedback and feels that he was misunderstood.

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‘Everybody is aware of now we have a really younger group, however this isn’t the issue of younger or previous,’ Xhaka advised ESPN.

Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 (Image: Getty)

‘This was not in opposition to our younger gamers. I put myself there as properly. We weren’t prepared for this sport, to battle.

‘We knew if we gained this sport, we’d have one other ultimate in opposition to Everton at house [on the last day of the Premier League season].

‘The factor is in regards to the mentality – when you’ve gotten one thing, you possibly can take it – it’s not the primary time we let it down.

‘Lots of people begin to assume, ‘Yeah he’s talking once more,’ and stuff like this, however possibly they didn’t perceive what and the way I imply it.

‘If I can say now one thing about this interview, I advised you: this has nothing to do with the younger gamers, it’s do with us all collectively.

‘It doesn’t matter the age. I believe I stated that as properly after the sport – it doesn’t matter the age, you must be prepared for these video games as a result of these video games you’ve gotten possibly as soon as a season and you must be able to take it.

‘If not, you might be out of the Champions League locations.’


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