Granit Xhaka has responded to his critics claiming they only focus on the mistakes and not how many chances were missed.
I have to say that reading his comments I get the impression that he is trying to put the blame on the forwards for not beating Tottenham rather than his own massive blunder.
‘Of course critics are always here,’ Xhaka told Sky Sports. ‘The north London derby, I think we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we could have won.
We had a lot of chances but this is football. Nobody speaks about the chances, nobody speaks about how many we missed. They always speak about the mistakes.
‘This is part of football.’
The thing is this, when Arsenal lost to Liverpool there was just as much after match talk about the missed Nicolas Pepe chance as there was about David Luiz giving away a weak penalty so not too sure that Xhaka is right about that part.
But to me, he is clearly saying that Arsenal would have won despite his serious misjudgement if the forwards would have taken their chances, I do not see any other way to read his comments.
One-off errors are forgiven but the thing with Xhaka is that he just keeps on making these mistakes and they are damned costly most of the time.
I would suggest that there is nothing to come from from trying to blame others in public, even if he is right in his assessment.
Xhaka needs to cut out the mistakes it is as simple as that and then the criticism will stop, it really is not rocket science.