Switzerland and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has voiced out his frustration over the Gunners mentality, following their unexpected 1-0 Premier League matchday 37 loss to Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
The London team will finish outside the top six for the first time in 25 years and Xhaka knows they failed at Villa Park
The loss has confirmed the Mikel Arteta led side to a finish outside the top eight leaving them without european football. The club would be needing to defeat arch rivals Chelsea next month in the FA Cup final to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
This would be the first time in 25 years that Arsenal would be finishing outside the top six, since Arsene Wenger took charge of the side they’ve not missed out on any European competition spot and even after Unai Emery succeeded him, but now Arsenal don’t even have any assurance of Europa League not to talk of the UEFA Champions league.
“In my opinion you can’t come here and play like this. It’s not good enough and you can’t play with this mentality,”
“It was not enough to take something from (the game) and we knew if we won and then won the last game as well we could have got into the Europa League.
“But now we have to win the FA Cup and we have more pressure. But we will do everything to win the FA Cup now.
“I think it was Aston Villa, their fight, they put everything out in each half and in my opinion they deserved the three points.”
Egypt and Villa forward Trezeguet scored the game’s only goal that eventually became the winner and it lifted Aston Villa out of the EPL relegation zone, they now have their fate in their hands when they face West Ham at the London stadium in the final game of the season. They’d need to win the game to be rest assured of beating the drop, but if they draw or lose they’d be needing other results to go in their favour.
They sit in front of Watford who have A tough game at the Emirates when they play Arsenal, they’ve a better goal difference than Bournemouth who’re also hoping to survive.
The last three games have resulted in unbelievable scenes for Aston Villa as they claimed seven points from their last three games which was never expected and Head Coach Dean Smith has charged his wards to keep on with themomentum.
“Our biggest win was probably Everton (on August 23), our first win in the Premier League. But this is the biggest win now because we needed it,” he said.
“We’ve got to go and do the same sort of performance against West Ham on Sunday. It’s a huge boost, that’s for sure.
“We needed to get that win to catch Watford up, and now we have, we’ve got the season in our own hands. That’s all you can ask for.
“We’ve been much better over the nine games (since lockdown), defensively.
“The players were really engaged in the video coaching sessions we did, and they came back wanting to be a better team defensively.”