Nev explains why Arsenal’s Xhaka is like no player he’s ever seen

Date published: Wednesday 30th October 2019 3:40

Gary Neville Manchester United

Gary Neville says he has “never watched a player who seems to learn less from his experiences” than Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka after he told his own fans to “f**k off” over the weekend.

The 27-year-old waved his arms, cupped his ears and told supporters to “f**k off” as they jeered him following his substitution during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

Xhaka also batted away head coach Unai Emery’s attempted handshake and removed his Arsenal shirt before storming down the tunnel.

Neville told Sky Sports: “I struggle with Xhaka full stop, I’ll be honest with you. I just think it’s his ill-discipline in his performances generally over a period of the last two or three years.

“I’ve never watched a player who seems to learn less from his experiences than Xhaka.

“He makes what must be four hundred mistimed tackles a match. He essentially gets booked every time I watch him, I don’t watch him every single game but every game I do watch he gets booked.

“He doesn’t seem to set the tone for the rest of his team-mates with his performance levels. So, what happened on Sunday doesn’t surprise me.

“He does give his all, he’s committed. There’s no doubt about that. You can see someone there.

“But he’s the least experienced experienced player I’ve ever watched. He’s rash.

“I’ve got no problem with this idea of taking on your fans or a bit of tension. It’s never great, it’s not healthy. But actually, in football, that can happen.

“I have a bigger problem, watching him, with his performance levels, the way he doesn’t perform and doesn’t carry his team on the pitch.”


And Neville thinks Xhaka has to apologise to Arsenal fans, the former Man Utd defender added: “Those little disputes can happen, I’ve seen them at Manchester United over the years where you can get those little bits of fire that occur every so often.

“He’s having a poor time and I think, ultimately, it’ll be very difficult for him to continue wearing the armband.

“But it wouldn’t surprise me if Unai Emery sorted it out with him and he does. I think it will be very difficult to patch it up quickly with the fans, I think he’ll have to apologise heavily too them.”


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