Thierry Henry: What I just don’t get about Arsenal midfielder
The Arsenal legend delivers his verdict on Granit Xhaka's latest red card
Thierry Henry has admitted that he was baffled by Granit Xhaka’s red card in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Switzerland international was sent off in the second half after a two-footed lunge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour in the Premier League clash.
Xhaka’s red card was his second of his Arsenal career and his fifth in the past 18 months in club football to raise questions about his temperament.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Burnley, ex-striker Henry questioned Xhaka’s mentality after his latest sending off.
“It’s not the first time. He did the same thing against Swansea. He did it with 10 minutes to go. The team had to suffer. This one I just don’t get it. Against Swansea, it was a counter. He gave the ball away cheaply but why are you doing that 60 yards away from your goal with 25 minutes to go. You miss a pass – so what?” Henry said.
Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of current leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play.
The north London side will host Watford in their next top-flight clash before a trip to pacesetters Chelsea in their next Premier League outing.