Granit Xhaka says he’s fed up of bullsh*t opinions after former-Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra labelled Arsenal ‘weak’ and like ‘babies’ for their poor performance in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.
The one-time France international didn’t hold back in his criticism of Unai Emery’s team during Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage, claiming the Gunners have not changed much from the team his United team so regularly dominated.
We can’t be bothered to relay everything Evra said – he’s still a prick, even if he’s right – but you can imagine the general gist and it clearly irked our captain.
“A lot of people speak too much,” said Xhaka when Evra’s comments were put to him at Bramall Lane.
“I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.
“He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bullshit and it’s always the same.”
Asked whether he was fed up with ex-pros taking cheap shots, he went on: “For me it’s strange because they have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but like I said, if you speak bullshit like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.”
Xhaka was also asked if Arsenal have a mental problem on the road given the club have kept just two clean sheets in 24 Premier League away games.
“We have to stop talking about [the mental side of the game] and bullshit like this,” he said.
“I’m sorry to say that, but for me it’s the same whether you play at home or away – you have to win and show big character and not look for the same excuse.”
We don’t have long to dwell on last night’s result. Portuguese side Vitoria and Crystal Palace both visit the Emirates this week as we look to put another forgettable night to one side.