Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has expressed his disappointment that Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has decided to snub international duty.
As per Sky Sports, Xhaka spoke about the impact of missing the Reds winger as well as responding to the critics of his north London derby performance.
He said of Shaqiri: “I can only speak about how important he is for this team. We are very disappointed that he is not here. I don’t want to speak about why and what happened, because I don’t know the reasons exactly, but we’ve lost a big player for these games.
“Of course critics are always here. The north London derby, we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we could have won. Nobody speaks about how many (chances) we missed. They always speak about the mistakes. This is part of football.”
TBR’s View – Xhaka had a very poor game but can’t let critics weigh him down
The international break has meant that the dissection of Xhaka’s poor derby display has lasted longer than it would have ordinarily.
He needs to do something he has not yet done at Arsenal, and work on his discipline and take the criticism on board.
But he cannot afford to let it affect his confidence because that’s when players go into their shell and it’s tough to get them back out.