Campbell verdict on 'trapped' Xhaka at Arsenal amid social media reveal
Granit Xhaka “trapped” himself with his ill-advised attempt at playing out from the back for Arsenal against Burnley on Saturday.
That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the error gifted Burnley an equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.
In a Facebook post, the 28-year-old wrote: “I hold my hands up for their goal and I’m sorry for the mistake. That’s football and right now I feel just as frustrated as all of you.”
Xhaka has often been the subject of derision from Arsenal fans for his frequent lapses of concentration and rushes of blood to the head.
Campbell had little sympathy for the Switzerland international and claimed that any attempts to shift the blame onto goalkeeper Bernd Leno are wide of the mark.
“Look, it’s a moment of madness,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
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“Any player who plays in that position knows that if the goalkeeper rolls you the ball there, you’ve got to get rid of it first time or else you’re trapped.
“The fact that he took a touch absolutely trapped himself. Now, the only way he could have really got himself out of jail is by knocking it out for a corner.
“Obviously he took the risk, it was on his bad foot and it was just a bad play.
“I can’t understand people saying Leno shouldn’t have passed it to him there. Arsenal have been playing that way for a long time.
“It’s all in the execution, unfortunately. Xhaka didn’t execute it well and it cost Arsenal a goal”
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently 10th in the table and on track for their worst league season since the 1994-95 campaign.
Xhaka has featured 22 times in the league this season and 207 times for the club in total since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.