Arsenal legend Ray Parlour defends Granit Xhaka after Tottenham draw

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 3:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link765Shares More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIan Wright, Martin Keown and Paul Merson were among the many ex-players to criticise Xhaka for his reckless tackle on Son, but Parlour believes the reaction has been overly harsh and defended the Swiss.‘Xhaka is good on the ball, he’s decent!’ Parlour told talkSPORT.‘He can spray passes 25 or 30 yards no problem, he’s very good at doing that.‘Sometimes he fits in and keeps it simple, but at the weekend he didn’t have a good game. Arsenal legend Ray Parlour defends Granit Xhaka after Tottenham draw Top articles PLAY Read More Read More / Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Read More SPONSORED Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Comment Full Screen 1 min. story Read More by Metro Granit Xhaka was panned for his display in Arsenal’s draw with Spurs (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has jumped to Granit Xhaka’s defence after the midfielder was widely criticised for his performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in only the tenth minute at the Emirates and Xhaka’s clumsy challenge on Son Heung-min inside the penalty area gave Harry Kane the chance to double Tottenham’s lead.Kane made no mistake from the spot as Spurs appeared to be in complete control of the north London derby before Alexandre Lacazette scored a brilliant solo effort right on half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found an equaliser in the 71st minute and, despite the comeback, Xhaka – who wore the captain’s armband on Sunday afternoon – took much of the blame as Arsenal dropped yet more points in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘You know when you’ve not had a good game as a player and I’m sure he knew that at the end but he’s got to get back now, he’s skipper, he can’t let it worry him.‘Xhaka has just got to calm down sometimes, he’s got to be a bit cleverer, you’ve got to be clever as a player.‘When you’re captain you can’t make mistakes like he did and give the other team opportunities to score goals.‘For the penalty, it was a really poor decision from him to go in like that. You can’t just dive in like that. He’s got to learn from that, he’s got to be a bit more disciplined.’Xhaka said that he was ‘angry’ with his costly mistake in a candid message to Arsenal supporters following the draw.‘Thanks for the amazing support inside the Emirates,’ Xhaka wrote on Instagram.‘We showed a lot of character and you helped us to come back into the game.‘For the penalty I made a mistake – I’m of course angry about it but I will never give up!’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked about Xhaka’s performance, Emery said: ‘In 90 minutes I am very proud of his work.‘Some mistakes we can have and I want to use to progress and improve.‘There are more positive things collectively, individually and also with Xhaka for me.‘The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.’MORE: Arsenal chief Edu made transfer enquiry for Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior Coming Next Advertisementlast_img

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