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Very strange – Ian Wright reacts as Xhaka slams Arsenal players


Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised Granit Xhaka’s ‘very strange’ comment against his teammates after their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Monday night.

Wright noted that such comments would have ‘upset’ his teammates.

Arsenal’s top-four hopes are currently hanging by a thread after their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Their only hope of making it to next season’s Champions League is a win over Everton on the final day and hope that Tottenham loses to bottom-placed Norwich City.

After the Gunners’ disappointing loss, Xhaka blasted his teammates and said anyone who ‘isn’t ready for the pressure’ should ‘stay at home and watch’.

And Wright felt the midfielder’s comments were “very strange” adding that the Switzerland international should have done his talking in the dressing room before the match.

“Seeing a player coming out and saying ‘they didn’t listen to the coach’s instructions is a very strange interview from Granit Xhaka,’ Wright said on Premier League productions.

“To say it now, I don’t think it helps anybody. That’s the kind of talk you want in the dressing room for them to understand when you go out there, then you know what you need to do.

“Afterwards, it probably makes people upset, especially when you aren’t naming names.

“I felt it’s the kind of talk you want before the game. It’s very easy to say afterwards because, the Tottenham game, you come out and say it then.”

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