Mikel Arteta blasts Granit Xhaka for ‘silly’ red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley

Granit Xhaka was sent off after 60 minutes (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was critical of Granit Xhaka after claiming the midfielder cost his side a victory against Burnley.

The Gunners dominated for an hour before the Swiss international was sent off for grabbing Ashley Westwood by the throat.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed into his own net fifteen minutes later, consigning Arsenal to their fourth straight defeat at home in the Premier League.

The defeat means Arsenal have just 13 points from their first 12 matches and Arteta couldn’t hide his anger at Xhaka after the defeat.

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Xhaka’s decision infuriated Arteta (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘You saw the performance of the boys, how much they wanted it, the way they played, the chances we created, the dominance we had throughout the game,’ said Arteta.

‘Again, we throw the game away by giving a silly red card & we lost the game.

‘You saw what happened the other 60-70 minutes, we had total control of the game & we should have won it earlier.’

In his press conference, Arteta went further on Xhaka’s mistake by saying he cost his side.

‘He’s made a mistake clearly that is going to cost us,’ said Arteta.

‘The way the game was going the dominance we had we were performing it’s a game you clearly have to win. And with ten men obviously it makes it much more difficult and you give the opponent a chance and you end up losing on a set piece.’

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