Pundit Exclusive: Arsenal player 'Saves' teammate in bust-up after final whistle
Kevin Campbell has risen to the defence of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka for his actions after the goalless draw with Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Gunners forward claims the 28-year-old saved Kieran Tierney from being potentially sent off after the final whistle at Elland Road.
Tierney was incensed in the aftermath of the draw and confronted Xhaka and Leeds United left-back Ezgjan Alioski who were standing together on the pitch.
Alioski had earlier been involved in an incident which had resulted in the sending off of Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.
Club legend Martin Keown wrote in the Daily Mail that he believes Tierney was angry with Xhaka for putting his arm round Alioski at full-time.
When asked by Football Insider if he agreed with his former teammates’ view, Campbell surprisingly disagreed: “Was it at Granit Xhaka or was it at Alioski?
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“As far as I am concerned, Xhaka was saving Kieran Tierney from potentially getting sent off. That is all you need after the final whistle, losing our regular left-back when you have already had one man sent off.
“No – Xhaka was trying to be the peacemaker. He was trying to help his teammate out.
“All of this ‘His arms were round Alioski’ – we do not know what he was saying to him. Nobody knows.
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“Xhaka could have been giving him a mouthful but in a nice way. Everybody thinks he was pallying up to him but we do not know.
“Tierney is a fiery character and Xhaka used his experience. Xhaka helped him I think.”
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