Lee Dixon shouts ‘stupid’ Granit Xhaka dive in Arsenal win against Palace | football

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Granit Xhaka was booked for simulation in the first half (Image: Sky Sports/Premier League)

Arsenal a legend Lee Dixon criticized ‘stupid’ Granit Xhaka for diving in their Premier League win Crystal Palace on Friday evening.

Xhaka received a yellow card for simulation in the first half, throwing himself to the ground after anticipating a tackle from Joachim Anderson.

The 29-year-old Switzerland international has been booked 53 times in the top flight since his arrival in 2016, with 10 of those last season.

“Let’s just wait until the second half and see if we get another yellow,” former Gunner Dixon said of Xhaka.

“This dive, quite properly ordered and for a man of his experience, is nonsense!”

Gary Neville says Granit Xhaka “will always let you down at some point in the season” and Arsenal should be prepared for such a case.

Xhaka has caused controversy among Gunners fans, partly because of his poor disciplinary record.

Gary Neville was also very critical of Granit Xhaka’s antics on Friday (Image: Getty)

However, Xhaka has consistently been chosen as a starter by every manager he has played under at the Emirates Stadium – Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and now Mikel Arteta.

“Even Xhaka got a warning tonight. I always think he’s going to go and let you down,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He’s always going to let you down at some point in the season, so you think you have to plan for it now. You know it’s coming.”

Xhaka recently hit back at pundit Neville for calling him a disgrace last season.

Granit Xhaka has been booked 53 times in the Premier League (Image: Getty)

Neville was furious with Xhaka after Arsenal’s defeat by Newcastle in the penultimate game of the 2021-22 season saw the Gunners lose their lead in the race for top spot in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s fifth-placed side eventually missed out on a League of champions place for 2022-23, from p London instead, rivals Tottenham finished fourth.

Xhaka came out after the loss and appeared to take a swipe at Arsenal’s young players, saying: “If anyone is not ready for this game, stay at home.”

“Your age doesn’t matter. If you are nervous, stay on the bench or stay home. You need people to have the courage to come here and play.”

Granit Xhaka believes his comments about Arsenal’s youngsters have been misunderstood (Image: Getty)

Neville hit back in his post-match analysis, adding: “I don’t know who he’s going after, I hope he didn’t like the young players… him?

“I’m telling you he’s been a disgrace at times in the last four or five years when he’s been thrown out recklessly. He left it in the air, there was nothing there.’

Haka, however, has responded to these comments and believes he was misunderstood.

“Everyone knows we have a very young team, but it’s not a problem of young or old,” Xhaka said ESPN.

Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 (Image: Getty)

“It was not against our young players. I put myself there too. We were not ready for this game, for the fight.

“We knew if we won this game we would have another final against Everton at home [on the last day of the Premier League season].

“It’s a matter of mentality – if there’s something, you can take it – it’s not the first time we’ve failed.

“A lot of people are starting to think, ‘Yeah, he’s talking again,’ and things like that, but maybe they don’t understand what I mean or how.

“If I can say anything about this interview, I told you: it has nothing to do with the young players, it’s about all of us together.

“Age doesn’t matter. I think I said that after the game as well – it doesn’t matter what age you are, you have to be ready for these games because you have these games maybe once a season and you have to be ready for them.

“If not, you rule out Champions League places.”

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Lee Dixon shouts 'stupid' Granit Xhaka dive in Arsenal win against Palace | football

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