Ian Wright joins Gary Neville in criticising Granit Xhaka’s ‘very strange’ post-match interview

‘I don’t think it helps ANYBODY’: Ian Wright joins Gary Neville in criticising Granit Xhaka’s ‘very strange’ post-match interview blasting team-mates after Arsenal’s loss against Newcastle

  • Ian Wright has slammed Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s post-match interview 
  • The Gunners lost 2-0 against Newcastle at St’ James Park on Monday evening 
  • The result was a massive blow to Mikel Arteta’s side in their race for the top four
  • After the match, Xhaka blasted his team-mates for lacking ‘balls’ in a bizarre rant
  • Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher also criticised the midfielder for his comments







Ian Wright has questioned Granit Xhaka’s post-match comments after the Arsenal midfielder went on an extraordinary rant criticising his team-mates after their loss against Newcastle. 

The Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park on Monday night which massively damages their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Mikel Arteta’s side are now two points off rivals Tottenham with just one game left this season and effectively need to beat Everton on the final day and hope Spurs lose against already-relegated Norwich to attain a top-four spot. 

After the game, Xhaka, 29, said his team-mates lacked ‘balls’ and insisted they should ‘stay at home’ if they were nervous.

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher hit back, labelling him a disgrace for seemingly criticising the younger members of Mikel Arteta’s squad – and now Gunners icon Wright has had his say too.

He said: ‘Seeing a player coming out and saying “they didn’t listen to the coach’s instructions” is a very strange interview from Granit Xhaka. 

Ian Wright has criticised Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s ‘very strange’ post-match interview

Xhaka blasted his own team-mates after a damaging 2-0 loss against Newcastle on Monday

‘To say it now, I don’t think it helps anybody – it’s very magnanimous of him to come out be honest.

‘That’s the kind of talk you want in the dressing room for them to understand when you go out there, then you know what you need to do.

‘Afterwards, it probably makes people upset, especially when you aren’t naming names.

And Gunners icon Wright (pictured) said his comments would ‘probably make people upset’

‘I felt it’s the kind of talk you want before the game. It’s very easy to say afterwards because, the Tottenham game, you come out and say it then.’ 

Arsenal were hugely disappointing and lost after an own goal from Ben White and Bruno Guimaraes’ late strike. 

The Swiss had said: ‘If someone isn’t ready for this game, stay at home. It doesn’t matter your age. ‘If you’re nervous, stay on the bench or stay at home. You need people to have the balls to come here and play.’ 

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