Granit Xhaka has issued an apology to Arsenal supporters after his costly mistake resulted in his side dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put the Gunners a goal ahead early on, Switzerland international Xhaka’s misplaced pass cannonned into the back of the net off Chris Wood to gift the Clarets an equaliser.
Mikel Arteta’s side were guilty of wasting multiple gilt-edged opportunities and felt they should’ve been awarded a penalty when Nicolas Pepe flicked the ball onto Erik Pieters’ outstretched arm in the box.
Reaching out to fans on social media after the match, Xhaka took the blame for Burnley’s goal and apologised for his error.
‘I hold my hands up for their goal and I’m sorry for the mistake,’ the midfielder wrote on Instagram.
‘That’s football and right now I feel just as frustrated as all of you.’
In a show of support for his team-mate, Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replied in the comments: ‘We move Bro 💪🏽 👊🏽 ❤️ .’
Bernd Leno also faced criticism for his role in the Burnley equaliser as he was the goalkeeper was the one that played the pass to an under-pressure Xhaka in the box.
‘It can happen in football,’ Arteta said in his post-match press conference.
‘We did it using Bernd [Leno] and trying to use the holding midfielder in that situation.
‘We scored a goal from Auba that started all the way from Bernd Leno and we conceded one chance and that chance comes from Bernd kicking the ball long and we could not control the second ball.
‘It is what it is. It’s the way we play. It’s the way I want to play and we just have to know the risk and the rules we have in certain areas and the type of balls that we have to play.’