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Granit Xhaka hits back at Arsenal legends after criticism of his north London derby display

first_imgGranit Xhaka hits back at Arsenal legends after criticism of his north London derby display Comment Granit Xhaka believes he has been unfairly criticised for his role in Tottenham’s penalty on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka has responded to criticism of his performance after Sunday’s north London derby by suggesting that missed chances had a bigger bearing on the result than his penalty concession.An entertaining clash at the Emirates ended 2-2 after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang struck to cancel out an early Christian Eriksen opener and a Harry Kane penalty.Kane’s penalty put Spurs 2-0 in front in the first half and it was Xhaka who conceded it following a needlessly rash challenge on Heung-Min Son.A number of pundits piled into Xhaka after the game, including Paul Merson who questioned what he brings to the team and Ian Wright who took a subtle dig at his tendency to mistime slide tackles.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Both Paul Merson and Ian Wright criticised Xhaka after Sunday’s match (Picture: Getty)Wright was less damning but while praising Matteo Guendouzi for winning a tackle, he commented: ‘If you’re going to ground, win it. People in his team can learn that to be honest.’Gary Neville and Graeme Souness were also critical of Xhaka but one former Arsenal star who defended the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder was Ray Parlour.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‘Xhaka is good on the ball, he’s decent! He can spray passes 25 or 30 yards no problem, he’s very good at doing that,’ he said.‘Sometimes he fits in and keeps it simple, but at the weekend he didn’t have a good game.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Xhaka was penalised for a foul on Heung-Min Son (Picture: Getty)Xhaka responded while on international duty with Switzerland, by saying: ‘Of course, critics are always there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In the London derby, I think we had a good game, I made a mistake with the penalty, yeah, but if you see the game we could have won.‘We had a lot of chances, but this is football, nobody speaks about the chances, how many we missed, always they speak about mistakes. That’s a part of football.’Only Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic with 16 has committed more fouls than Xhaka (10) in the Premier League this season and seven of those came during Sunday’s game against Spurs.Merson slammed his overall game afterwards, saying: ‘He doesn’t score a goal, he doesn’t have assists, he gets booked, he makes rash challenges, he gives away cheap penalties, he doesn’t sit in front of the back four as a number six to break things up.‘If you asked me what has he got, I’d say he’s got a hard shot. I don’t want to be disrespectful but I’ve got to say I don’t know what he brings.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


Fitzmaurice to remain on as Kerry manager

first_imgAt their homecoming in Tralee, it was confirmed manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his backroom team will stay on for another year. Sunday’s loss to Dublin had marked the end of Fitzmaurice’s three-year deal with the Kingdom.last_img


Gator on a stick, Mardi Gras march set for Cajun fete

first_imgThe festival has raised more than $1.2 million for local charities over the years, he added. Started by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise as a one-day clambake in the early 1990s, the event’s popularity exploded over the years after organizers adopted the Mardi Gras theme, turning the festival into Simi Valley’s biggest charity fundraiser. Randy Greene, the festival’s chairman, called the event a hometown tradition for him and thousands of others. “We’ll go over the $1.3 million mark this year with charity fundraising. That’s just huge,” he said. “That’s why I do it. I was born in Simi Valley. My passion is for my hometown.” The site has grown by 40 percent compared with last year, he said, and organizers expect more than 100 vendor and crafts booths. SIMI VALLEY – With its Mardi Gras parade, zydeco music and delicacies such as alligator on a stick, the Simi Valley Cajun and Creole Music Festival has evolved into one of Southern California’s more exotic Memorial Day weekend events. The event, which used to attract mostly adults, has turned into a family-oriented festival, with a new Cajun Kids area and children marching in the parade, throwing beads to spectators. This year’s event at the sprawling Rancho Santa Susana Community Park is expected to attract about 17,000 people to the city next weekend. “The people of Simi Valley are proud to have an event like this recognized around the nation as one of the top Cajun music festivals,” said Gary Stewart, president of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, which sponsors the event. “We have people visiting us from all over the nation, including Louisiana.” At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a Gator Run will be held at the park to raise money for the Ventura County Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial Fund. Festival attractions both Saturday and Sunday include the Cajun Kids area with bounce houses, climbing walls, demonstrations of Frisbee-catching by the Purina Incredible Dog Team and demonstrations of crime-solving skills by the Simi Valley Police Department’s K-9 police dog unit. There is a children’s arts and craft center and dance instructors will be teaching kids how to do Cajun dancing. The festival benefits a variety of organizations, including the Simi Valley Boys & Girls Club, the Ventura County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, the Association of Retarded Citizens, the YMCA of Simi Valley, the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley, the Simi Valley Friends of the Library, the Simi Valley Senior Center and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. [email protected] (805) 583-7602 If you go The Cajun Creole Music Festival will be held at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., at 11 a.m. both Saturday and next Sunday. The festival ends at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Parking is available at the park, at the Metrolink train station across the street, and at Simi Valley High School, about a mile east of the park at 5400 Cochran St. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, go to www.simicajun.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more