Granit Xhaka’s former team-mate Sokratis Papasthopoulos leapt to the defence of the midfielder after his costly error against Burnley and hailed him as one of Arsenal’s best players.
Xhaka’s errant pass cannoned off Burnley striker Chris Wood and into the back of the net to draw Sean Dyche’s side level, with Arsenal dropping two points in a 1-1 draw.
‘I hold my hands up for their goal and I’m sorry for the mistake,’ Xhaka wrote on Instagram.
‘That’s football and right now I feel just as frustrated as all of you.’
But Sokratis thinks Xhaka deserves more praise than he gets and branded him a ‘very important player’ for the Gunners.
And the Greek defender expects his former team-mate to bounce back quickly and return to being one of Arsenal’s best performers.
‘He’s a very important player for Arsenal and I believe that he’s a good player who can be a leader in the team.
‘Before the Burnley game he played five or six games where he was probably the best player in the team.
‘I think he’s one of Arsenal’s best players and certainly one of the best midfielders that I’ve played with.’