Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville were far from impressed with Granit Xhaka during Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the North London Derby.
First-half goals from Son-Heung Min and Harry Kane condemned Mikel Arteta’s side to another loss and ensured the Gunners have won just one of their last seven games in the Premier League.
And the pressure is beginning to mount on Arteta, with the side languishing down in 15th place in the table with 11 games played.
Xhaka struggled to deal with the counter-attacking nature of Spurs, and made a number of poorly timed tackles throughout the game.
With around 15 minutes to go and with Arsenal chasing the game Xhaka caught Son deep inside the Spurs half with a nasty late challenge and was deservedly shown a yellow card.
And speaking on commentary for Sky Sports, Neville bemoaned his decision making.
“It’s just madness that,” Neville said. “The last thing you need if you’re Arsenal is the game stopping.
“Son’s going nowhere, he can’t counter attack from there and it just stops the game for another 30 or 40 seconds.”
Redknapp went even further, and stated his belief that Xhaka mistakenly thinks Arsenal fans appreciate his tough tackling style.
“I don’t get him,” he said. “How many times does he do that, Gary?
“I think he thinks he’s fooling the fans by saying ‘look at me, I’m making a tackle and I’m getting booked again.’
“But he’s not helping his team.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, are already eight points off the top four are just six points off the relegation zone.