Thierry Henry refused to watch Arsenal on television when Granit Xhaka was captain of the club, claims Patrice Evra after the Gunners midfielder was sent off in the home defeat to Burnley on Sunday night.
Xhaka was shown a straight red card after VAR reviewed a clash between him and Dwight McNeil which saw the Swiss grab the Burnley man by the throat.
The score was 0-0 at the time and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal gave the Clarets the victory in the 73rd minute as he accidentally flicked in a corner.
There was much criticism for Xhaka from fans, pundits and his own manager after the contest, with his red card seemingly costing his side the game.
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra was in the Sky Sports studio and recalled a story of when he was at Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s house and they were due to watch the Gunners.
When Henry saw it was Xhaka who was wearing the captain’s armband, Henry turned the screen off, not wanting to watch a game with the Swiss leading out the side.
‘It tells you everything of what the legends of the club think about him. He again let down his team.’
Evra felt that Mikel Arteta must be infuriated with Xhaka for his lack of discipline shown in the game.
The Frenchman believes the Spaniard’s tactics are making it difficult for Arsenal to get much success, but the players’ discipline is making it impossible.
‘I feel sad for the Arsenal fans, but I don’t feel sad for the Arsenal players, I think they deserve [to be] where they are,’ he said.
I feel like their religion doesn’t allow them to score a goal and when you don’t score a goal you don’t win.
‘We’re talking more about their attitude, today Xhaka has a massive lack of discipline.
‘Arteta must be fuming right now, again.’
The Gunners boss did indeed seem furious, saying: ‘We throw the game away with a silly red card, when we are not winning football matches you cannot do that.’