Granit Xhaka discusses his Arsenal frustrations
Suffering a 3-0 hammering away at Leicester on Sunday and watching their top-four dreams take another hit, Arsenal have drastically started to stall at the end of the season.
Now sat two points adrift of Chelsea in the race to secure a Champions League return, Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka has announced his frustration at Arsenal’s most recent display.
Booed off by the traveling fans at the King Power over the weekend, Unai Emery’s side have lost their last three consecutive Premier League outings and have passed up on a string of opportunities to seize the initiative.
Suggesting that Arsenal lacked fight in their defeat on Sunday, Xhaka also stated that their recent performances away from the Emirates doesn’t warrant them to be talking about a top-four finish.
“If you don’t fight, you play like we did” ?
Granit Xhaka pulling no punches over Arsenal’s display at Leicester.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 29, 2019
“You can’t speak about the top-four”
Much like their final season under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s major problem has once again been their continued struggles away from the Emirates.
Recording just a single clean sheet on their travels this Premier League campaign, the Gunners have remarkably registered just two away victories in their last 12 top-flight appearances, a run that stems back to the 25th of November.
Emery’s faltering team have also conceded three goals in three league games in a row for the first time since 1966.
Meanwhile on Sunday, while Arsenal once again missed out on the chance to gain some much-needed momentum in Leicestershire, Chelsea moved one step closer to securing a lucrative fourth place finish.
With Maurizio Sarri’s side picking up a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford over the weekend, the Londoners appear in pole position to join Tottenham in the Champions League next season.
Now suffering a trio of defeats against Leicester, Crystal Palace and Wolves over the past week, Xhaka has taken a bleak view on Arsenal’s worrying end to the year.
Speaking after their latest defeat outside of North London, the Swiss international has questioned the Gunners’ fight on the road.
“It is not the right moment to think about the top four.
“We had three big chances. It started with Crystal Palace, then Wednesday against Wolves and finished (on Sunday).
“If you don’t take from two away games and one at home three points, you can’t speak about the top four.
“It is difficult to explain why we don’t play like at home and why we don’t take the points,
“I said this last week. It is a different game away and at home. You can’t play like at home.
“You have to win the duels, run more than the opponents because the fans are in front of them.
“All the teams in the Premier League can play football and they can fight. If you don’t take the fight against them it looks like (Sunday).”
If the former PSG boss is to help Arsenal book a surprise top-four return in his debut Premier League season, the Gunners’ best chance may come via the Europa League.
Xhaka and co will aim to respond to their dismal week in the league with a strong home performance against Valencia in their first leg semi-final showdown on Thursday night.
The Gunners lost to eventual winners Atletico Madrid in last year’s semi-final and Xhaka concedes the competition could now provide their best chance of competing among Europe’s elite.
“If we are in the semi-final then of course. We have two games in front of the final,” the 26-year-old said.
“I know anything can happen but if you are three games from the title you have to think positive.”
Now losing four of their last five top-flight matchups, do you feel that Arsenal will be capable of booking a Champions League return this year?
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