Granit Xhaka thinks broadcaster Richard Keys is a bit of a bellend.
That’s our main takeaway after the Switzerland international defended Arsenal’s jubilant celebrations in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Fulham.
As has been well-documented the hairy-handed adulterer (allegedly) – famously fired by Sky Sports for sexist comments – labelled the Gunners “embarrassing” for enjoying a few back slaps and smiles after a job well done.
Clearly looking for attention, beIN Sports’ chief numpty then doubled down on his initial comments with a blog post that saw his fierce dislike of Mikel Arteta shine as brightly as his pink beach-ball-shaped face.
“Listen, the people maybe they forget sometimes,” said Xhaka when asked about the comments.
“I have been in Switzerland, I have been in Germany, I know the leagues and the Premier League is totally different.
“You can play against the last [team] and you will struggle for 90 minutes. You don’t have a team here that gives up. It doesn’t matter if they are 3-0 up or 3-0 down, they go for 90 minutes.
“You have respect for every club and the people if they say that we can’t celebrate because it was Fulham, they don’t respect the Fulham team.
“You saw them as well yesterday, they won again [against Brighton]. They have lost only against us in five games, I think.
“So give them some credit, give them some respect – not only Fulham, but every team that comes here or we go away to, because you will struggle against every team if you are not 100 per cent ready for them.
“If you don’t celebrate, they say to us: ‘Why don’t you celebrate?’ If we celebrate, they say: ‘Why do you celebrate?’ So sometimes you can’t make everyone happy.
“But this is our job, this is what we want to do. We celebrate if we win, it doesn’t matter against who.”
For the record, Arseblog News columnist Graham Dougan, a regular golfing buddy of Keys, has distanced himself from the introduction to this piece.