Despite two red cards and eleven yellows, Grantit Xhaka says he doesn’t believe referees are specifically targetting him.
Even with the outrageous red card he was issued against Swansea, the Swiss international is sanguine about suggestions officials pay closer attention to him than others.
And when asked to assess his first season at Arsenal, said that was not for him to decide.
“I’m not really a fan of talking about myself too much,” he said, “maybe others should judge. It’s a season that has had ups and downs, but that’s normal in your first season. I think that belongs to football.
“It’s not like I played my first football match in England. For me football is pretty much the same everywhere, the ball is round, but maybe tactically things are different than at other clubs I’ve played for.”
As for the chances of making the top four and securing Champions League football next season, he admitted Arsenal need a bit of luck along the way.
“We always have hope,” he said. “It’s up to us, we need some luck along the way, but if we win the next four games, I’m convinced that we can do it.
“This is a top club, a great club. We’re having a season where things have been a bit more difficult but I’m convinced that in the coming years we can show another side.”
The 24 year old continued by saying the cards he’s been issued have made him smarter, but that he won’t change the way he plays.
“In football you get criticised if you are sent off,” he said.
“It’s my style of play and nobody can make me change that. Even if I get another red card, then that happens.
“You become cleverer, and since my last red card, I think things have improved.”
Since his last sending off he’s had eight bookings in fifteen games, but that’s a whole lot of yellow and no red.
Good man Granit. Also:
— arseblog (@arseblog) May 8, 2017