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Granit Xhaka hits back at Arsenal critics after Tottenham draw

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Granit Xhaka has struck back at his critics in the wake of the north London derby and insists Arsenal deserve more credit than they get.
Xhaka came under scrutiny at the weekend after he fouled Heung-min Son to give a penalty away at the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Arsenal fought back from two goals down to secure a point at the Emirates and Xhaka says that the Gunners have been unfairly criticised for their start to the game.
“Of course critics are always here,” he said. “The north London derby,” I think we had a good game. I made a mistake but when you saw the match, we could have won.
“We had plenty of chances but that is soccer. About how many people missed, the chances are not spoken about by anybody, nobody talks. They always speak about the errors.
“This is part of football.”
Xhaka is off on international duty with Switzerland, who confront the Republic of Ireland in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday – live on Sky Sports.
Switzerland are without Xherdan Shaqiri, who has requested not to be looked at for global football so as to focus on his Liverpool career.
Reports in Switzerland have indicated Shaqiri is miserable with the choice to appoint Xhaka as captain of the national side of director Vladimir Petkovic.
However, Xhaka has also played down rumours of a rift at the Switzerland camp.
“I am only able to talk about how important he is with this team,” said Xhaka.
“He is a great player, good quality. He will help us and we are disappointed that he is not here.
“But we’ve got other gamers as well who have caliber.
“I really don’t need to talk about why and exactly what happened, since I really don’t know the motives exactly, but we have lost a huge player for these matches.”
Sky’s Guy Havord spoke to Palao Laurenti of all Swiss Radio who hinted a problem is with coach and Shaqiri.
Laurenti stated:” This was a big surprise because he’s one of the very best national players to us.
“It does not look like he’s getting the best time at Liverpool, he is not playing very much.
“There are some rumours that the association between the trainer are not so excellent.
“He anticipated the captain’s armband and individuals think Shaqiri is mad at the choice.
“We do expect him to come back to the squad after the two qualifiers from Ireland and Gibraltar.”

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