It happens every time’ – Ian Wright slams Arsenal star in Liverpool draw

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Ian Wright could not hold back his frustration as Arsenal star Granit Xhaka saw red in their draw with Liverpool.

The first leg of their Carbao Cup semi-final meeting ended in a goalless draw with the main talking point being Xhaka’s red card after just 24 minutes.

The Swiss star recklessly kicked Diogo Jota in the chest when attempting to clear a long ball and in turn denied the forward a goalscoring opportunity that resulted in him receiving his marching orders.

That proved to be Xhaka’s fifth red card of his Arsenal career and Wright took to Twitter at half-time to voice his frustrations.

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‘How many times this season have we said “we need more from the senior players” ?! Game after game!!!’ he tweeted.

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Arsenal have so often relied on their younger players to carry them through difficult periods this season with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli performing well.

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Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has had to deal with off the field issues with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being stripped of the captaincy for a ‘disciplinary breach.’

With Xhaka one of Arsenal’s more senior players this evening, Arteta would have hoped he could guide the younger players through a difficult evening to keep themselves in the tie.

Instead, the 29-year-old gave his side a mountain to climb early on with his poor challenge – a part of his game former Gunner Paul Merson highlighted before kick-off.

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‘He’s one of those players who plays… I watch him and he plays in those games and I’m like “What do you do?”‘ Merson said on Sky Sports.

‘But when he doesn’t play he’s missed. It’s a strange one.

‘He always plays and he’ll run through a brick wall for you. He’ll make his mistakes and he’ll get his sending off and he’ll get silly yellow cards but he always plays.

‘I think they’re a better team with him in it though I don’t want to underestimate him, that’s a compliment they’re a better team Arsenal when he’s in the team.’

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