'It's crazy!' – Martin Keown slams Granit Xhaka after red card against Man City

Martin Keown pulled no punches with his scathing criticism of Granit Xhaka after his red card against Manchester City, blasting the Arsenal midfielder’s decision to lunge in on Joao Cancelo with both feet at the Etihad.

The Gunners endured a nightmare opening 45 minutes in the Premier League’s opening match of the weekend, with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres both netting inside 12 minutes before Xhaka was given his marching orders.

Xhaka has a long history of losing his composure in key moments throughout his career both in England and Germany and the Switzerland international let his side down yet again with ten minutes remaining of the first half.

Referee Martin Atkinson wasted little time in brandishing his red card for Xhaka’s reckless two-footed challenge on Cancelo before Gabriel Jesus piled yet more misery on Arsenal with a third for the champions in the 43rd minute.

No player has been sent off more times than Xhaka (4) since the Swiss made his Premier League debut at the start of the 2016/17 campaign and ex-Arsenal centre-back Keown didn’t hold back as he watched back a replay of the incident.

‘He’s just committed to that and we know this is the fourth red card since he’s been an Arsenal player. That’s 11 now in club football,’ Keown said on BT Sport’s commentary of the match.

‘It’s crazy! It’s crazy why he goes off his feet at that point.

‘You just expect so much better from your most experienced player.

‘He’s been given one or two opportunities when people thought his career was over at Arsenal.

‘He’s done it so many times. How many times has he done this in his career? I think it’s 44 yellow cards and four red now for Arsenal.’

Former Chelsea and England winger Joe Cole hit out at Xhaka for letting Arsenal down with yet another moment of hotheadedness as he analysed the rash tackle at the half-time break.

‘With Granit Xhaka, in modern football you cannot leave the floor,’ he said.

‘He’s done it many, many times before. He’s just signed a new contract, he’s a senior player on the pitch.

‘In a moment when you need someone to have a cool head and he’s gone through him and it’s a sending off in modern football.’

Source: Read Full Article