The high price Arsenal paid for the sacking of Granit Xhaka in tonight’s meeting with Liverpool has been confirmed online.
Zhaka asks for an early bath
Mikel Arteta’s forces are currently on the Carabao Cup schedule.
After Chelsea sent Tottenham in the first of two semi-finals on Wednesday, Arsenal travelled to Anfield hoping to book a place at Wembley in their respective Premier League giants’ efforts.
The game on Merseyside remains locked at 0-0.
However, to say that one of the two parties has the upper hand would be an understatement.
This came after the aforementioned Granit Xhaka was given a marching order in 25 minutes, marking his return to action after a Covid-19 bout.
Last man and unaware of his surroundings, Xhaka threw a leg in the process after Diogo Jota was freed by a pinpoint ball over the top of Andy Robertson Lieutenant General Jota on the ground:
Red card! 🟥
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka sent off after reckless last-man challenge on Liverpool’s Diogo Jota pic.twitter.com/n71xpYPzRW
– Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 13, 2022
Now, as mentioned above, Arsenal have provided insight into the hefty cost of the recklessness of their midfield metronome at Anfield.
The Switzerland international’s impending suspension will extend into the Premier League, according to reliable Chris Whitley.
As a result, Xhaka will miss the Gunners’ north London derby with Tottenham, the Carabao Cup second-leg clash with Liverpool and the subsequent league test with Burnley.
On top of that, Thomas Partey is currently playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, Martin Odegaard is quarantined with Covid-19, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at AS Roma and Mikel Arteta’s midfield situation is fast approaching crisis territory.
Xhaka’s three-match ban means he will be out for Arsenal’s games against Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley. #aFC
– Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 13, 2022
*UPDATE* – Such claims have been challenged elsewhere.
According to ESPN’s Dale Johnson, in fact, if Xhaka’s demise is considered a serious foul, he faces a four-game suspension for one of his previous red cards this season.
On the other hand, if it was for denying a clear scoring opportunity, the Swiss would be suspended for two games.
If this is a red card for a serious foul, Grant Xhaka will be suspended for four games.
The red card came for 3 games and one more game as it was his second red card of the season.
In case of DOGSO, 2 matches.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) January 13, 2022
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