Frank Leboeuf singles out the Arsenal player who showed ‘fight’ in Spurs defeat

Frank Leboeuf reacted to Arsenal's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and said only Granit Xhaka showed 'fight'
Leboeuf thinks Arsenal are a ‘disaster’ (Picture: ESPN)

Frank Leboeuf is ‘very worried’ about the future of Arsenal and believes they’re a far cry from the ‘warrior team’ he used to know.

The former Chelsea centre-back is concerned by the lack of ‘fight’ shown by Mikel Arteta’s side and thinks they are ‘broken’.

Leboeuf has grown concerned by the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who he feels is no longer ‘hungry’, and feels there is a lack of ‘spirit’ in Arsenal’s ranks.

But he singled out Granit Xhaka as the Arsenal player who was ‘fighting’ as Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane put the Gunners to the sword in the north London derby.

‘I’m very intrigued about what happened to someone like Aubameyang,’ Leboeuf told ESPN after Spurs’ 2-0 win. ‘That guy was so clinical last season, really willing to give his best.

‘He had two chances, a crucial header maybe after an hour and it’s like he doesn’t want to go for it. It’s like he’s not hungry to get it and put it into the net.

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only.
Xhaka was ‘fighting’, says Leboeuf (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

‘I don’t know, something is wrong, something is broken. You have no transition between the defenders and the forwards. I didn’t see anything coming up that made me think they would react.

‘Okay, they had chances, they had some stuff that they showed but it’s mainly because Tottenham allowed them to do so.

‘That’s not the Arsenal I used to know, who’s so powerful, a warrior team with fight and never gives up. I didn’t see that.

‘I saw Xhaka fighting with everybody, trying to kick everybody but I didn’t see a team. I didn’t see a spirit in the team. I’m very worried about the future of that club.’

Leboeuf wasn’t thrilled by the football on display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and felt Arsenal played into Jose Mourinho’s hands.

‘I think Arsenal became such an average team and it’s absolutely a disaster for the clubs, for the fans, for that historical club,’ he added.

Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 6, 2020.
Mourinho celebrated his side’s win (Picture: POOL/AFP via Getty)

‘When I see Tottenham, I see the boring Chelsea that I used to see. It’s effective, it’s efficient, maybe you win something but when you just like football and just want to see football – we watched so many games during the weekend and that’s the worst game you can see, that’s what happened.

‘I thought it would be a draw really, I didn’t think that Arsenal would try to score goals and they’d just wait for Spurs because Spurs just wait for the other team and play counter-attack.

‘When you play away from home you just have to wait for Tottenham and that gets you a draw.’

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