Granit Xhaka insists he will not change the way he plays despite receiving the FIFTH red card of his Arsenal career for horror challenge on Liverpool forward Diogo Jota last week... as he admits he was wrong to attempt tackle
Granit Xhaka, 29, was sent off for the fifth time in Arsenal colours last week He has also received a staggering 63 yellow cards since joining the club in 2016 However, the Swiss midfielder says he will continue to attempt risky tackles As a team, Arsenal have a horrific disciplinary record under Mikel Arteta
The former England international was thanked by the young supporter's father and complimented on his skills. He's usually more stopper than snapper but Joe Hart showed there are many strings to his bow following the win over Alloa. The goalkeeper conceded late on in the Scottish Cup win but despite Conor Sammon's header his side progressed to the fifth round of the competition.
“He’s a lad from Portugal” – The Diogo Jota song you’re going to hear on the regular! Diogo Jota proved the hero at Arsenal to send Liverpool to Wembley, continuing his impressive form in front of goal to see his name serenaded from the stands with a belting chant.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has said that he will never change the way he plays following his fifth red card for the club against Liverpool. The Switzerland international put his side on the back foot in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Arsenal had made a solid start at Anfield, but went into damage limitation after going down to 10 men.
This guy is an enigma to the Celtic fans isn’t he? Let’s not kid ourselves on here. For weeks he has done nothing but deride Anthony Ralston and Carl Starfelt in his column but I think the straw that broke the camels back for him with the Celtic fans was his comments about Ralston.
Celtic will survive Kyogo injury but they cannot afford to lose the best defender in the Premiership - Chris Sutton
If Ange Postecoglou is to claim the title this season there's one man I'm not sure he can do without. Cameron Carter-Vickers is the best defender in the Premiership. While Celtic fans are fretting about the loss of Kyogo Furuhashi in terms of pushing a title challenge, I’d say the centre-back has become their next most important player.
Trent Alexander-Arnold produced two more assists in the EFL Cup semi final win over Arsenal. His second of the night showed that a position change could be in his future. The assist machine just keeps on providing. Not just content with being the last player to slip in Diogo Jota for his first goal of the game against Arsenal, Trent Alexander-Arnold wanted more, almost as if the one assist wasn’t enough.
After coming on in the final stages of Celtic’s 2-0 victory over Hibernian last weekend, Jota will no doubt be champing at the bit to make the starting line-up against Alloa Athletic on Saturday afternoon. Ange Postecoglou’s side make the trip to the Recreation Park to face the team currently lying in eighth in Scottish League One, and safe passage from the fourth round of the Scottish Cup will be the absolute minimum expected.
Diogo Jota has explained what he told his team-mates after helping Liverpool reach Carabao Cup final against Chelsea Diogo Jota admits a wrong offside call "killed a bit of joy" in securing Liverpool's Wembley date in the Carabao Cup final. Jota scored twice as the Reds recovered from being held to a goalless home draw against Arsenal last week by winning 2-0 in their semi-final second leg at the Emirates on Thursday.
Benfica are optimistic about bringing Celtic loanee Jota back to Portugal in the summer, The Daily Record report. The Lowdown: Celtic’s option The Hoops brought the 22-year-old to Parkhead on deadline day on a season-long loan with an option to buy. Jota has been a revelation in Scotland following his Scotland switch, contributing to 14 goals in 19 games.
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Following Jorge Jesus' exit as head coach, Benfica now want Jota to return to them from Celtic this summer and are optimistic of persuading the 22-year-old winger to extend his stay despite the Glasgow club having a £6m option to buy at the end of his season-long loan.
The Arsenal boss has spoken to the press after the Gunners 2-0 defeat to the Reds in the Carabao Cup semi final second leg at the Emirates How disappointed are you and can you tell us about the team you were able to pick? Very disappointing because when you have the final there you have that level of excitement and we were really looking forward to.
Arsenal went into the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool overflowing with hope and expectation, only to end well beaten and empty-handed on a night when manager Mikel Arteta's trophy hopes were extinguished. The cards looked to have fallen in Arsenal's favour. The semi-final legs were reversed to give them the conclusion in front of their own fans after Liverpool were granted a cancellation of the scheduled first game.
“Diogo Jota has turned into a really world-class striker” – Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp praised the mentality and quality of “world-class” Diogo Jota after the forward hit a brace to send Liverpool into the Carabao Cup final at the expense of 10-man Arsenal. After a goalless first leg at Anfield last week, Jota’s first-half daisy-cutter caught Aaron Ramsdale flat-footed and he then saw a second-half VAR check rule he was onside following a smart finish as Liverpool won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp picked out Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli for praise despite the Gunners’ defeat in Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, calling the Brazilian “an outstanding player”. Martinelli was Arsenal’s most potent attacking threat on a disappointing night for Mikel Arteta’s side as Diogo Jota’s brace sent Liverpool to Wembley thanks to a 2-0 win.
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Liverpool booked their place in the Carabao Cup final - but who performed and who struggled at the Emirates? Liverpool booked their place in the Carabao Cup final as Diogo Jota struck twice and indiscipline cost Arsenal once more. Who performed and who struggled at the Emirates? Arsenal (4-1-4-1)
Liverpool are heading to Wembley to face Chelsea in the League Cup final after beating Arsenal at the Emirates. After all that rest, too! Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool Liverpool progress 2-0 on aggregate League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg, Emirates Stadium January 20, 2022 Goals: Jota 19′, 77′
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Art of war Mikel Arteta defends Thomas Partey getting sent off in a 15 minute cameo. The midfielder only flew into London at midday after a 12-hour flight back from Cameroon. He said: "I regret that I cannot use him now, he made the effort to come and we had to play him.