By Harry Sykes
Stan Collymore hilariously re-posted an old tweet that he had sent at the start of the season following Granit Xhaka’s sending off against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Xhaka gave the ball away in the middle of the field before trying to win it back with both feet – a foul that the referee deemed reckless enough to warrant a straight red.
It’s the player’s second Premier League sending off this season, after Xhaka also recieved his marching orders at the Emirates in the 3-2 win against Swansea in October.
Xhaka has actually been sent off three times this season if you count internationals, and five times since the start of last season.
And it appears that Collymore was well aware of Xhaka’s reputation ahead of his big-money transfer to Arsenal this summer.
He retweeted one of his own tweets from August in which he jokingly asked BoyleSports for a price on Xhaka receiving 10+ yellows and 2+reds.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 22, 2017
The two reds are in, although Collymore still needs a few yellows if his crazy bet is to come in. Xhaka did get himself booked in the very first game of the season against Liverpool, but he has only got another two since then.
Unless Arsenal appeal – and that would seem very unlikely given the nature of the tackle – Xhaka will now be suspended for four games, which comes at a bad time with Mohamed Elneny currently playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
In an incredible finish to the game, with the game at 1-0, Arsenal conceded an equaliser from the spot in the 93rd minute, only to win a penalty in the 96th minute.
Alexis Sanchez kept his cool to slot the penalty home, sending Arsenal to second in the Premier League.
In other Arsenal news, Thierrry Henry has weighed in on the contract stand-off between Arsenal and Mesut Ozil.