GRANIT XHAKA says he is “unchangeable” – despite his incredible disciplinary record.
The Arsenal midfielder is suspended from Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley after being sent off for the pitch Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Kicking Diogo Jota into the recovery chestHe received his second red card of the season – the 5th time he has been fired for the Gunners and the 12th of his career.
The Swiss star, 29, has also received 63 yellow cards since joining Arsenal in 2016.
But Xhaka insists: “I am not planning this. I didn’t mean to do that. But sometimes I’m in a position where it’s 50-50.
“Of course there are risks. Now people say, ‘Why do you always take risks?’. This is me. I cannot change myself from today or tomorrow.
This is me. I cannot change myself from today or tomorrow.
“Of course I need to improve, I know I need to improve.”
On his latest red card, which cost Arsenal 66 minutes of the semi-final first leg with 10 men, Xhaka added: “In this moment, if Jota gets the ball and he scores, they’ll say, ‘Why wouldn’t you. prevent him? ‘.
“Now that I stopped him, it was, ‘Why did you get a red card?’.
“Ultimately everyone is smarter in this moment – myself too.
“When I see it back now, do I need to go there and do it? Is not.
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“In this moment, that is the moment I have to make a decision. This time I made a mistake.”
Arsenal continued to force a draw and he added: “I feel sorry for the team, I feel sorry for the supporters, but thank God they did a great job back then.”
Xhaka – who took a penaltyThe Gunners’ New Year’s Day defeat to Manchester City – also closed the use of VAR.
He told Sky Sports: “I hope in the future the referees can make their own decisions. Don’t let people from the outside look at slow motion because in slow motion everything looks harder than it really is.
“Ultimately, they are human. They also make mistakes. This is part of the job. Everyone makes mistakes.”
Mikel is a strange person, but in a positive way. He looks at football with different eyes and in different ways.
Arsenal have come under huge criticism for asking to postpone the derby against Tottenham last week due to injury, international obligations and the Covid situation.
Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has defended them, saying “everyone wants to join the club”.
And Xhaka declared: “I love the comment from Micah. He said every time Arsenal do something, everyone has to talk about it, but nobody talks about what other clubs have done.”
The midfielder was full of praise for his coach Mikel Arteta, explaining: “Mikel is a strange person, but a monster in a positive way. He looks at football with different eyes and in different ways.
“He was very focused on his work and he improved all the players.
“In the past, our problem was always when we lost a game, we lost the second, third, fourth and fifth game.
“That has changed this season. We don’t concede stupid goals anymore.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8248747/granit-xhaka-arsenal-red-cards-liverpool-burnley/ ‘I can’t change it, I didn’t do it on purpose’ – Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka won’t stop making risky moves despite red card