Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played out a highly entertaining draw at the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners coming from two goals behind to earn a share of the spoils.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had fired Tottenham into the lead. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured parity.
The result keeps Unai Emery’s team above their fierce rivals and offers Arsenal plenty of optimism moving forward.
It wasn’t a day to remember for Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Switzerland international gave away a needless penalty in the first half. His braindead challenge on Son Heung-min giving Kane the chance to despatch his penalty with half-time looming.
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) performer has never really been taken to by the Arsenal supporters, with several querying what he actually brings to the team.
Since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 he has made 137 appearances, scoring 11 goals and registering 16 assists.
Emery has given the midfielder the captaincy when he has played this season, although that doesn’t appear to have made him any less of a liability for the Gunners.
After another abject performance, Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter to slam the man who should be their midfield maestro.
Here is a selection of Tweets from Gunners fans regarding Xhaka’s North London derby display:
Granit Xhaka is a liability, needs to be sold in January! Below average player, Willock who is years younger on par with him. pic.twitter.com/UXbPxcwWhx
— AFC Fans HQ (@AFCfansHQ) September 1, 2019
— 👑 Edu Sanllehi Emery (@livzledge) September 1, 2019
Anyone that mentions Xhaka as captain needs to be put on a register from now on
— Brian McNaney (@Macco4) September 1, 2019
Xhaka… Absolutely atrocious player, absolutely laughable that people think he’s Captain material.
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) September 1, 2019
Yes it is positive to come back from 2 down.
The simple fact is we should not have been in that position.
Xhaka ~ another player we’ve stuck by for some reason like we always have done as a club when it’s obvious he’s not good enough
Sokratis ~ same
— 𝔸𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕨 𝕋𝕙𝕖 ℍ𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕜𝕝𝕖𝕪 𝔾𝕠𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕣 (@fromdialsquare) September 1, 2019
The penny has dropped for Xhaka. Disgraceful performance. How anyone can defend him now is beyond me. Willock IS better and he should start ahead of Xhaka at all costs. No use persisting with something that doesn’t work.
It’s over, Granit is finished.
— Marco 🍁 (@marco_gooner) September 1, 2019
Xhaka is useless.
Borussia Monchengladbach robbed us of £35m
— Sam Uddin (@Officialelsamo) September 1, 2019
Original article: https://tbrfootball.com/arsenal-granit-xhaka-2/