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Gary Neville has slated Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka after his controversial post-match interview following the club’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. An own goal from Ben White and a strike from Bruno Guimaraes put an enormous dent within the Gunners’ top 4 hopes.

After the sport, Xhaka said: “I do not know. If someone just isn’t ready for this game, then stay at home. It doesn’t matter concerning the age. You’ll be able to be 30, 35, you’ll be able to be ten, you’ll be able to be 18. Should you are usually not ready, should you are nervous, stay on the bench or stay at home. Don’t come here.

“We want individuals who have the balls, sorry to say that, who can come here and play. Very sad. The essential thing just isn’t to simply accept it. Feel very sorry for the Arsenal supporters. I ask for forgiveness to them. I haven’t got some other words.”

Neville responded on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, saying: “He’s obviously having a right dig at people inside his dressing room. I don’t know who he’s having a go at there, I hope he wasn’t having a go at those young players.

“Him? I inform you what he has been a disgrace at times over the past 4 or five years. He has left it up within the air there, it was nothing. I don’t know what to make of that interview. I believe I heard him say stay at home should you haven’t got the balls. I believe that’s what he said.”

Jamie Carragher added: “He has come out really strong, and we like players to be honest and we like strong interviews. He is sort of having a go at his own teammates really, saying they weren’t ready.

“But additionally I do know from my very own experience, it’s easy to come back out and be really strong along with your words and powerful at a time like that and perhaps get a little bit of credit for it. Do it on the pitch. For me he is maybe putting out a number of the younger players he didn’t feel were ready perhaps or perhaps I’ve got the fallacious gist of the interview. It was almost like an experienced player saying people weren’t ready, they weren’t up for the fight.

“I really like players being honest, that’s why I’m trying to offer him credit for that kind of interview nevertheless it is straightforward to do this form of interview, he was a part of that.”

Arsenal now need rivals Tottenham to lose away to Norwich on the ultimate day of the season, while they defeat Everton at home to make top 4. They currently sit two points behind Antonio Conte’s side with a significantly inferior goal difference following the defeat away to Newcastle.

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