Pundit reacts to Granit Xhaka’s display in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace

Alan Smith criticises Granit Xhaka for his poor passing display during Arsenal's loss at Crystal Palace

granit xhaka
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Smith criticised Granit Xhaka for his below-par performance during Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Switzerland international started the game in central midfield alongside Mohamed Elneny as Arsenal looked to make it back to back wins in the Premier League.

However, it ended up being a difficult first half for Arsene Wenger’s men and they fell behind in the 17th minute when Andros Townsend fired home.

Yohan Cabaye then scored a second in the 63rd minute to double the home side’s lead, before Luka Milivojevic’s penalty made it 3-0 to the hosts.

Xhaka misplaced a number of passes both before and after the break, and former Arsenal star Smith was clearly not impressed by the summer signing’s performance at Selhurst Park.

Speaking during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the game, Smith said: “Granit Xhaka’s passing tonight was not good enough.”

Arsenal will now turn their attentions towards their Premier League trip to Middlesbrough on Monday night as they look to keep their fading top-four hopes alive.

MORE: The latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: The latest Arsenal player tweets

Xhaka has scored one goal and made two assists in 24 Premier League games for Arsenal so far this season since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports pundit predicts where Arsenal can finish this season
Rio Ferdinand
'I think': Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Chelsea FC in the League Cup
Martin Keown
Martin Keown wants to see Arsenal sign Adama Traore from Wolves
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC Sport pundit declares Man United star Bruno Fernandes is 'back to his best'
Emma Raducanu
Australian Open 2022: Emma Raducanu wins battle of US Open champs with win over Sloane Stephens
Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports pundit predicts where Arsenal can finish this season
Rio Ferdinand
'I think': Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Chelsea FC in the League Cup
Martin Keown
Martin Keown wants to see Arsenal sign Adama Traore from Wolves
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC Sport pundit declares Man United star Bruno Fernandes is 'back to his best'
Emma Raducanu
Australian Open 2022: Emma Raducanu wins battle of US Open champs with win over Sloane Stephens
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature