Andy Gray has warned Mikel Arteta that he can’t rely on Granit Xhaka after yet another costly Arsenal mistake.
Xhaka has rebuilt his reputation somewhat, having looked destined to leave the Emirates during the summer window.
Arteta ultimately persuaded the midfielder to stay and he has played an important role in their recent resurgence.
However, with Arsenal in a commanding position vs champions Manchester City, Xhaka conceded a penalty when pulling down Bernardo Silva in the area.
The incident was initially missed by the on-field referee, before VAR told him to consult the pitchside monitor forcing him to overturn his decision.
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Riyad Mahrez converted to level the scores before Gabriel saw red for picking up two cautions in a matter of minutes.
The Gunners battled bravely with ten men, but were undone in the last minute of stoppage time when Rodri scored the winner.
Arteta is still in the process of naming a new captain, having stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the armband last month.
Xhaka was previously captain under Unai Emery and had been touted as a potential replacement this time around, but Gray has warned the Swiss international cannot be relied upon.
“If you look at who committed the crimes here, it was two of the more senior players,” Gray told beIN SPORTS.
“Certainly Xhaka at 30 plus has not got the excuse of youth and naivety. He’s just nuts at times, he really is.
“You can’t rely on him. He’s given away a stupid penalty today with really poor defending.
“Gabriel, he’s not old but he’s experienced as well. He should know better. Don’t give the referee an opportunity to send you off.”
Arteta wasn’t present for the game after testing positive for Covid-19, his assistant Albert Stuivenberg stepped in and was disappointed with a lack of consistency from the officials.
“Well, upset about that we don’t end up with three points from this game,” Stuivenberg explained. “That’s the most frustrating part. At the same time, we are very proud about the performance of the players.
“But of course there are some moments that decide the game.
“You have the first moment with Odegaard in the first half which I think is a clear penalty or at least the referee has to come over to check, that happened in the second half with their penalty which is not really consistent.
“Of course, the sending off is an important moment after that. But to be fair we still had a very good performance against a very strong team and we defended with 10 players at the end of which to come away at the last moment with zero points is very frustrating.”