Granit Xhaka has said that claims Arsenal are mentally weak – such as those made by Patrice Evra, who branded them “babies” – are “bullsh*t”.
The Arsenal captain was speaking in the wake of a 1-0 away loss against Sheffield United, in which a goal from Lys Mousset was sufficient to give the Blades a surprise victory at Bramall Lane.
Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat, Evra launched a broadside at Unai Emery’s team . Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports , he said: “I used to call them my babies 10 years ago and they still are when I look at them. That’s the truth, and I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.
“It’s just the feeling I get with this team. They look pretty, they look good, but they don’t look like a winning team, they just like playing good football.”
Xhaka responded swiftly to the criticism, stating: “I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.
“He knows these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bullsh*t and it’s always the same.
“We have to stop talking about [the mental side of the game] and bullsh*t like this.
“I’m sorry to say that, but for me it’s the same whether you play at home or away – you have to win and show big character and not look for the same excuse.”