'It Was A Clear Penalty', Xhaka Admits Error
Arsenal have been brought back to earth after their winning run got halted in a 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
It was a day of mixed emotions for Granit Xhaka as he scored a screamer then conceded a late penalty, the second of the game for Palace.
Speaking to the media after the game, the Swiss midfielder admitted that he made a mistake that cost his team their 8th league win on the bounce.
“It’s difficult. I think it’s a clear penalty because I touched his knee, so the referee gave a penalty,” he said.
But the assistant captain for the day can take solace in his goal which looks like one capable of contesting for goal of the season.
“I chose to shoot because the coach asked me why I didn’t take the corners or the free-kicks in the first half.
“I think it was the first free-kick of the second half, so I took it. I was happy that I could score, but we can’t be so happy after the game,” he said.
Does this explain why he ran to celebrate with the manager, Unai Emery? “Yeah, not only to say thank you. After he told me that I must take free-kicks and corners, I did it.”
The team is unhappy after being 2-1 ahead from being 1-0 down and then not winning. This must be a reminder of how tough the Premier League is.
“Of course. We know it’s always difficult to play at Palace. It was difficult a year ago. It’s football and we know we can’t win all the games.
“We tried our best and although it was not our best performance, one point here is alright, and we’ll take the positive things from this game. We’ll look forward,” Xhaka said.
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