Andy Gray has accused Granit Xhaka and Gabriel of ‘committing crimes’ during Arsenal’s frustrating Premier League defeat to Manchester City.
Xhaka conceded a penalty and Gabriel was sent off as Arsenal lost 2-1 to runaway Premier League leaders Man City at the Emirates Stadium.
‘If you look at who committed the crimes here, it was two of the more senior players,’ Gray told beIN SPORTS.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Arsenal were the better team on Saturday and the Gunners went ahead through Bukayo Saka.
But the defending champions equalised after half-time when Bernardo Silva was awarded a penalty following a VAR intervention and Riyad Mahrez slotted past Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal were aggrieved by the penalty decision and their mood got even worse just two minutes later as Gabriel was sent off for a second yellow card.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, it appeared as though Arsenal would keep City at bay and secure a valuable point, but Rodri scored a late winner in injury-time to send Guardiola’s side 11 points clear at the top of the table.
Former Scotland striker added: ‘Certainly Xhaka at 30 plus has not got the excuse of youth and naivety. He’s just nuts at times, he really is.
‘You can’t rely on him. He’s given away a stupid penalty today with really poor defending.
‘Gabriel, he’s not old but he’s experienced as well. He should know better. Don’t give the referee an opportunity to send you off.’
While Arsenal failed to continue their impressive winning run and close the gap to third-placed Liverpool, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said there is a ‘huge amount of positives’ to take from the defeat.
‘Not too many teams have dominated Man City like that more in the first half than we did it,’ Ramsdale said.
‘We played really well in the second half and we need to try and get over the line in one these big games.
‘But at the start of the season when it’s 4-0, 5-0, Liverpool, City, today’s a massive step in the right and like I said, we need to win one of these games, but ultimately we know we’re not challenging with these guys at the moment.
‘But on today’s basis, if we can put that in week in, week out, we can be.’