Gary Lineker reacts Granit Xhaka’s red card in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Twitter
The Spurs legend leaps to the defence of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka...
Gary Lineker described Granit Xhaka’s sending off as harsh during Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Burnley at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners made the breakthrough in the second half thanks to Shkodran Mustafi’s header from Mesut Ozil’s corner to settle the home side’s nerves.
Burnley equalised in stoppage time through Andre Gray’s penalty before Alexis Sanchez converted a late spot-kick of his own to rescue three points.
Arsenal suffered a setback in the 65th minute when Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Belgian midfielder Steven Defour.
Match of the Day host Linker felt that Xhaka’s tackle wasn’t dangerous but warned the Arsenal summer signing to adapt his game after his second sending off of the 2016-17 campaign.
Can see why he gave it but not sure that's a red for Xhaka. Not at all dangerous, but he needs to learn not to dive in.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2017
Xhaka moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal hoisted themselves above Liverpool and Tottenham and into second place thanks to their narrow win against Burnley.
Arsene Wenger’s side will host Watford in their next Premier League fixture at The Emirates on Tuesday 31 Janaury.
The Gunners finished in second place in the table last term.