By Keith Hackett

7th Nov, 2022 | 6:28pm

Ex-Fifa official: Arsenal set for FA charge as controversial Granit Xhaka footage emerges

Arsenal and Chelsea will be charged for “failing to control their players” during their London derby on Sunday (6 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed both sides damaged the image of the game towards the end of Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, tempers boiled over after Granit Xhaka and Trevoh Chalobah clashed by the corner flag.

With the game in stoppage time, Xhaka attempted to shield the ball before it was kicked out by Chalobah.

It sparked a mass confrontation in front of the travelling Arsenal fans that involved players from both sides.

The referee took no further action and shortly after blew the final whistle that confirmed Arsenal’s victory.

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“I think they know that Xhaka has got a short fuse,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Looking at that, I think that it damages the image of the game so the FA has got to do something.

“In that case, I would not be surprised if the FA charge both sets of clubs for failing to control their players. It comes under that category.”

Xhaka has a notorious temper and has been shown 73 yellow cards and five straight red cards in 268 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.

The 30-year-old has not been sent off this season but has five yellow cards in 18 games across all competitions.

In other news, Bukayo Saka has been accused of “cheating” by officials at Arsenal.