Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has been branded “soft-centred” after comments he made regarding criticism of his team.
The Gunners suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Monday night, missing out on the chance to move into the top three of the Premier League.
After making a solid start to their season the game at Bramall Lane highlighted the same old problems that Arsenal have become accustomed with in recent years.
And the result led to criticism from former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who described the Gunners as “babies” after the game.
This prompted Xhaka to fire back at the Frenchman, insisting former players should not be as critical of current players and his team in particular.
Xhaka said: ”I have a lot of respect for him as he was a great player but you have to be careful what you say. But it is not only him – a lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** about us. It’s always the same.”
ESPN FC pundit and former Scotland international Craig Burley has had his say on the matter and reckons Xhaka highlights the problem that Arsenal have had for so long.
He says that Xhaka’s reaction shows that himself and Arsenal are soft-centred.
“I received lots of criticism when I was playing and I didn’t like it but you have got to soak it up and just let it go,” he told ESPN FC.
“And I look at Xhaka and one or two others at Arsenal and they are soft-centred and maybe that is a mirror image of the club at the moment.
“At the end of the day you just have to get your head down and concentrate on playing football but is he good enough to be Arsenal captain? No he is not.
“The fact that he is captain tells you where they are at the moment because he has a bad disciplinary record and he is only fuelling the fire by coming out and crying about people making comments.
“He hasn’t got a leg to stand on because the criticism isn’t going to go away until they improve and they are a million miles away at the moment.”
Burley added that Arsenal need to go out and sign players of a different mould to help them change their ways.
“I don’t know what the answer is for Arsenal but you need to go out and gradually build your team in key areas and be mentally tougher,” he added.
“How many fancy Dans do they need to sign to get better because they have too many guys that are too soft.
“They continue to be a team that is a long, long way from even looking like challenging for the Premier League title.”