Granit Xhaka tests positive for Covid before Switzerland’s friendly against Greece to end a nightmare week for the Arsenal midfielder – after he was sent off for a reckless challenge in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City
- Granit Xhaka will miss Switzerland’s clash with Greece after positive Covid test
- It ends a forgettable week for the Arsenal midfielder after red card against Man City
- He was roundly criticized for reckless challenge against Joao Cancelo
Granit Xhaka was forced out of Switzerland’s friendly against Greece on Wednesday night after testing positive for Covid.
The Arsenal midfielder, who captains his national team, would certainly have had a chance to be included in the game during the international break, but has been kept out of the game as he isolates.
The 28-year-old has had a week to forget after being shown a red card on Saturday during Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City – a reckless challenge for which he was roundly convicted.
Granit Xhaka will miss Switzerland’s clash with Greece after testing positive for Covid
He has already been sidelined due to his suspension, but will now miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Northern Ireland.
Xhaka came close to leaving the Gunners this summer – Roma would be interested in a transfer – but chose to remain with the Emirates and had started all three of Arsenal’s first games of the season.
The former Borussia Mönchengladbach star – who is approaching nearly 100 caps for his country – helped Switzerland to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 this summer, where they lost to Spain on penalties after battling 1-1, although they were not present in the match. game.
The Arsenal midfielder’s week has gone from bad to worse after a red card against Man City
Xhaka was roundly criticized for his reckless challenge to Joao Cancelo at the Etihad
He set a man of the match as his side eliminated tournament favorites France on penalties after coming from two goals behind 3-3, but were forced to miss the last eight due to suspension.
Xhaka came under fire from Arsenal fans and pundits after receiving his marching orders during their heavy loss to City, with the red card when the team was already trailing 2-0.
Alan Shearer took aim at the player and said his behavior could not be excused after yet another red card from Xhaka.
“That’s eleven red cards in his career, you can’t excuse that,” said the former striker.
Their defeat to Manchester City means they have had their worst start to the season since 1954-55
“All he has said to his team-mates is ‘sorry you’re on your own, I don’t feel this today’. Who is he trying to impress? I don’t know.
“You can’t tackle like that and go in, we all know the rules. He endangers his opponent.
“It’s the right decision and he said to his team-mates: ‘I’m sorry you’re on your own, thank you so much, I don’t feel like it today”.
“He (Arteta) will be furious about that tackle. You’re against it anyway, you can’t afford that.’
Gunners boss Arteta admitted he was furious about sending Xhaka away due to the ensuing effects on the team.
“I’m (angry) because of the impact it has had on the team,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“I have to say that the line by which we are judged is very, very thin because we have seen such actions in the first two Premier League games and nothing has happened and I am disappointed.”