Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury

first_imgXhaka hurt his knee in the first half (Picture: Getty)John Hartson believes Granit Xhaka lied to Unai Emery about the extent of his injury in Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.The humiliating Europa League loss at a half-empty Emirates appears set to cost Emery his job, with Arsenal tipped to sack their manager on Friday.Xhaka made his comeback following his furious bust-up with Arsenal fans last month and appeared to pick up a knock before half-time.The midfielder emerged for the second half and Hartson thinks Xhaka wasn’t honest with his manager about his fitness.ADVERTISEMENT Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt loss is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I thought perhaps Xhaka should’ve gone off at half-time. He didn’t look really right,’ Hartson said after the game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I can understand why he stayed on, I think he wanted to show that bit of heart, that determination.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I do give him credit for that, but this is when a manager has to really know, is a player fit or not?‘I think the medial ligament there really opens up, and the player knows. After that he limped around. He didn’t want to go off.‘It’s not really intelligent for the team. I don’t want to blame him for this, but I was really surprised to see him come out for the second half. Xhaka was playing for the first time since his bust-up with fans (Picture: Getty)Arsenal led at half-time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but a brace from Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada secured a comeback victory for the visitors.Boos rang out from the furious home fans when Kamada struck the winner and at the full-time whistle.If Arsenal do axe Emery, Freddie Ljungberg is expected to take temporary charge.MORE: Arsenal line up Freddie Ljungberg as Unai Emery’s replacement Coral BarryFriday 29 Nov 2019 9:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link159Shares Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury Advertisementcenter_img Xhaka refused to go off against Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)‘I’ve had this injury myself, it’s really tricky. It’s hard to question it. Maybe Emery wasn’t really sure what he was looking at.‘But [for Frankfurt’s second] goal, he just can’t move. Maybe that’s his mobility, but I think there’s an injury there with the player.‘I don’t think he was completely honest. He stayed on the pitch and, in the end, it became a disaster for the manager, because how many players are really fit here?’ Comment Advertisementlast_img read more