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Granit Xhaka speaks out about tackle which gave away penalty in Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham

Granit Xhaka speaks out about tackle which gave away penalty in Arsenal's draw with Tottenham


Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has admitted he is “angry” about his penalty “mistake” during Sunday’s North London derby.

Xhaka, 26, gifted local rivals Tottenham a spot-kick when he brought down striker Son Heung-min with a reckless tackle in the 40th minute at the Emirates Stadium.

The midfielder’s mistake allowed Harry Kane to double Spurs’ lead from the spot after Christian Eriksen had put Mauricio Pochettino’s men ahead early on by diverting Erik Lamela’s parried effort into the net.

However, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of half-time to put the Gunners back on level terms and secure a point for Unai Emery’s side.

Xhaka took to social media after the match to thank fans for their support and to address his costly error.

Granit Xhaka gave away a penalty in the North London derby

“Thanks for the amazing support inside the Emirates,” Xhaka wrote on Instagram after the match.

“We showed a lot of character and you helped us to come back into the game.

“For the penalty I made a mistake – I’m of course angry about it but I will never give up!’

Xhaka’s mistake saw him receive significant criticism from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Graeme Souness, but Arsenal boss Emery was quick to defend the Switzerland international’s performance.

Graeme Souness and Gary Neville slam Granit Xhaka after ‘disgraceful’ foul against Tottenham
Xhaka received significant criticism for his error

“In 90 minutes, I’m very proud of his work,” he said (via The Evening Standard ).

“Some mistakes we can have, I want to use them to progress, to learn and improve.

“There are a lot more positive things individually and collectively, and also with Xhaka for me.

“The penalty incident is a disappointing action but he played very well and worked very well.

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“If we win that match, maybe we are speaking about that mistake less, but really there were two mistakes in the first half and they scored from both of them. “

“In the second half, I think we spoke in the dressing room about that, and we learned and we did well in the second half.

“We continued to get the ball, we continued to take a lot of corners, taking a lot of shots, but we didn’t get the positions to score the goal. I think we deserved a third goal.”



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