“Idiot” Granit Xhaka has been criticized for his clash with Trent Alexander-Arnold as Mikel Arteta suggests it contributed to Arsenal losing the lead at Liverpool.

When will Arsenal learn?

The Gunners were 2-0 up and playing against struggling Liverpool when the altercation between Granit Xhaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold took place.


Arsenal got off to a dream start at Anfield as goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus put them 2-0 up inside the first 28 minutes.


They had to settle for a point in a game they could very easily have lost

Xhaka left his hand on Alexander-Arnold as he passed back to Alisson, then the right-back pushed the Gunners midfielder in response, leading to the pair coming head-to-head as tensions flared.

Anfield woke up to that incident and just one minute and 27 seconds later, Mohamed Salah scored to reduce Arsenal’s lead.

Salah missed a penalty after the break but Liverpool did not miss the chance to challenge Arsenal for the title as Roberto Firmino equalized on 87 minutes.

But two outstanding saves from Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal would see the north Londoners leave the Merseysiders empty-handed.

Speaking Sky Sports After the match, Carragher expressed his frustration with Xhaka for his actions in front of the Anfield crowd when his side were comfortable.

“It sounds silly, I’m happy that Xhaka did it, but I’m angry at Xhaka. I’m not an Arsenal fan but if I was an Arsenal fan what are you doing doing this? That’s absolutely ridiculous.


Xhaka and Alexander-Arnold had to be separated after a late challenge from the Swiss international


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“The game is in your hands, you interfere, even leave the challenge, the wing, why do that? And now going back face-to-face with Trent has the crowd riled up.

“It’s absolutely stupid to ask Xhaka to do that and you know what, he’s been fantastic in a slightly different role on the pitch this season and has had a huge impact on this team. But it was back to old Xhaka.

“Honestly, who knows if it leads to a goal, we don’t know, but for an experienced player, something like that can be done on this pitch, in the position he’s in.

“There was only one way Liverpool could get back into that game, and that was with the help of the terraces. It’s just a football game, Liverpool can’t compete with Arsenal at the moment. But with the energy in the stadium they can and they almost lost the game.”


Liverpool roar with Firmino making it 2-2


Is Xhaka guilty?

It’s similar to last season’s incident when Arsenal manager Arteta unleashed an incredible and highly unexpected backlash against rival Jurgen Klopp.

At the time, Arsenal were overshadowing things and stifling their title rivals, but the atmosphere changed and Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners.

Arteta was accused of swinging the balance of the game in Liverpool’s favor and the Spaniard seemed to suggest that Sunday’s incident with Xhaka and Alexander-Arnold contributed to Liverpool’s comeback.

He said Sky Sports“That could happen as well because they scored a goal as well and that gave them some momentum and that gives them some belief. It is what it is, the lesson is in the first 35-40 minutes.

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Arteta knows exactly what it’s like to lose it at Anfield, having shouted at Klopp during last season in November 2021.


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“The way the team played and to come out like this and do what we did.

“But after that we have to continue to be aware of the crowd, aware of the result, and we’re going to go looking for the third and fourth.”

Arsenal have their destiny in their own hands as they sit six points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand.

That means the Gunners will likely need to avoid defeat when they face Pep Guardiola’s side on April 26. And it will require a cool head from everyone involved.

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