Former Chelsea and Aston Villa forward Tony Cascarino believes that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will definitely consider selling Granit Xhaka in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Swiss international’s error was one of the biggest talking points on Sunday. He made a meal out of a clearance and that handed Burnley their easiest goal of the season.
That cost Arsenal the three points and Xhaka has been receiving criticism from all corners.
Cascarino has labelled the error as ‘one of the worst’ anyone will see in the Premier League this season, and he believes that the former Gladbach man is no longer in Arteta’s long-term plans after what happened at Turf Moor.
He wrote on The Times: “Arsenal are trying to play out from the back but there is no way the midfielder, with three Burnley players bearing down on him, should be demanding the ball inside his own box.
“Mikel Arteta said before this game that the club need an ‘unprecedented’ level of transfer activity if they are to compete at the top of the league again. It is difficult to see Xhaka being a part of any long-term plans.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Firstly, Arteta claimed before the game that the business Arsenal did in January to release the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi was ‘unprecedented’.
He only claimed that the club are planning for the summer and it will all depend on where we finish. (Arsenal.com) Cascarino has got that part completely wrong there, and his comments over Xhaka’s future don’t seem right either.
The Swiss international has been one of our best players since Boxing Day up until the incident on Sunday. He barely put a foot wrong for over two months, but sadly, we live in a world where people are just waiting for that one mistake to have a go at him.
Arteta has claimed time and again that he sees Xhaka as one of his most important players. There is absolutely no way that the Swiss international will be sold this summer, even if he makes another howler before the end of the season.