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Xhaka received a red card for the second time this season

14 Jan 2022 | 10:44

The Swiss midfielder made Arsenal play without people for nearly 70 minutes in the match against Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at dawn on January 14 (Hanoi time).

24 minutes, Diogo Jota escaped down the right after a long pass from Andy Robertson. Granit Xhaka flew to clear the ball, but hit the home team's striker.

24 minutes, Diogo Jota escaped down the right after a long pass from Andy Robertson. Granit Xhaka flew to clear the ball, but hit the home team’s striker.
If Xhaka does not intervene, Jota will have a chance to face the keeper. This situation also happened outside the restricted area. Referee Michael Oliver showed a direct red card for the Arsenal midfielder.

If Xhaka does not intervene, Jota will have a chance to face the keeper. This situation also happened outside the restricted area. Referee Michael Oliver showed a direct red card for the Arsenal midfielder.

Xhaka tried to explain, but could not change Mr. Oliver's decision. This is the second time this season, the midfielder born in 1992 received a red card directly. Since making his Arsenal debut in 2016/17, Xhaka has received five red cards, the most for any player in the Premier League.

Xhaka tried to explain, but could not change Mr. Oliver’s decision. This is the second time this season, the midfielder born in 1992 received a red card directly. Since making his Arsenal debut in 2016/17, Xhaka has received five red cards, the most for any player in the Premier League.

"Every time I start to like him, Xhaka reminds me that he is a hot-headed, unreliable guy," commented journalist Piers Morgan. Sharing the same opinion, writer Charles Watts said: "Another clumsy, stupid handling phase of Xhaka". On social networks, "Gunners" fans also expressed their disappointment with Xhaka's handling and asked coach Mikel Arteta to stop giving the midfielder a chance.

“Every time I start to like him, Xhaka reminds me that he is a hot-headed, unreliable guy,” commented journalist Piers Morgan. Sharing the same opinion, writer Charles Watts said: “Another clumsy, stupid handling phase of Xhaka”. On social networks, “Gunners” fans also expressed their disappointment with Xhaka’s handling and asked coach Mikel Arteta to stop giving the midfielder a chance.

In August 2021, Xhaka also received a red card directly in the 35th minute. After the player left the field, Arsenal soon broke up and had to receive a 0-5 defeat against the host Man City.

In August 2021, Xhaka also received a red card directly in the 35th minute. After the player left the field, Arsenal soon broke up and had to receive a 0-5 defeat against the host Man City.

 

With 10 men on the field, Arsenal only know how to reduce the number of troops to defend. Aaron Ramsdale and his teammates maintained their focus to withstand the constant pressure from Liverpool.

With 10 men on the field, Arsenal only know how to reduce the number of troops to defend. Aaron Ramsdale and his teammates maintained their focus to withstand the constant pressure from Liverpool.

Liverpool played stalemate without the service of the duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. After 13 shots, coach Jurgen Klopp's army had the first time to hit the ball on target in the 90+2 minute. Curtis Jones' save was easily saved by the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Liverpool played stalemate without the service of the duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. After 13 shots, coach Jurgen Klopp’s army had the first time to hit the ball on target in the 90+2 minute. Curtis Jones’ save was easily saved by the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Arsenal have gone 10 consecutive years without a win at Anfield. However, a 0-0 draw will give the "Gunners" confidence in the second leg semi-final at Emirates Stadium on January 21.

Arsenal have gone 10 consecutive years without a win at Anfield. However, a 0-0 draw will give the “Gunners” confidence in the second leg semi-final at Emirates Stadium on January 21.