Jamie Carragher insists Arsenal need to move Granit Xhaka on with the senior players constantly letting the younger stars down.
Arsenal held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie but the task was made harder due to Xhaka’s sending off.
The 29-year-old was dismissed on 24 minutes following a reckless tackle on Diogo Jota with his team-mates left to pick up the pieces.
This proved to be the fifth red card of Xhaka’s topsy-turvy Arsenal career and Liverpool legend Carragher feels he’s had enough chances.
‘The thing with Xhaka is we’ve said before the game that every manager picks him, he is a good character, a good trainer, a good lad, he is a good player, we’ve seen that in a Switzerland shirt and at times in an Arsenal shirt as well,’ he said.
‘But he is a liability in terms of that tonight. We can talk about how great Arsenal were, they were fantastic but more often than not you go down to ten men at Anfield you don’t just lose the game, you’ll be out the competition.
‘Really, Liverpool in a situation like that should be looking to win the game two or three nil. That comes down to Arsenal having ten men and it happens too often.
‘We spoke about how well Arsenal played against Manchester City but that was Xhaka again and it just happens too much now.
‘He’s not even a young lad where you think ok he’ll learn with experience, he’s one of your experienced guys.
‘That’s the one thing that keeps stopping Arsenal making that next step right now because I’m so impressed with Mikel Arteta and his young team this season.
‘These experienced players in that team, he’s the one letting the young players down, it’s normally the other way round.
‘That is a massive problem for Arsenal going forward because he’s never going to change now. He’s played nearly 250 games for Arsenal. That is position and a player they have to move on.’
Xhaka is still under contract with the Gunners until the summer of 2024.
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