Granit Xhaka thinks Arsenal need to stop talking about the mental side of the game after their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday night.
The Blades had not won in the league at home since August 18 and had lost their last three top-flight outings in front of their own fans.
However, Lys Mousset’s first-half goal got the world’s oldest football stadium rocking and, along with some stoic and organised defending, it proved enough for a famous triumph.
It was only Arsenal‘s second loss of the season but their troubles on their travels continue – Unai Emery’s team have not won away in the league since the opening day – as the Gunners missed the chance to go third in the table.
“We have to stop talking about [the mental side of the game] and bulls*** like this,” Xhaka said about Arsenal’s form on the road.
“I’m sorry to say that, but for me it’s the same whether you play at home or away – you have to win and show big character and not look for the same excuse.”
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra called the Gunners “my babies” after the loss to Sheffield United.
“A lot of people speak too much,” Xhaka said.
“I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.
“He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.
“For me it’s strange because they [former players] have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but like I said, if you speak bulls*** like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.”