Granit Xhaka has questioned Arsenal’s mentality following their disappointing 1-Zero defeat at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.
The consequence means Mikel Arteta’s males MUST win the FA Cup in opposition to Chelsea subsequent month to qualify for subsequent season’s Europa League.
Arsenal will end exterior the Premier League’s high six for the primary time in 25 years and a brutally sincere Xhaka is aware of they fell in need of expectations at Villa Park.
“In my view you possibly can’t come right here and play like this. It’s not adequate and you’ll’t play with this mentality,” the Swiss midfielder informed the membership’s web site.
“It was not sufficient to take one thing from (the sport) and we knew if we gained after which gained the final sport as nicely we might have gotten into the Europa League.
“However now we’ve got to win the FA Cup and we’ve got extra stress. However we are going to do every little thing to win the FA Cup now.
“I believe it was Aston Villa, their battle, they put every little thing out in every half and for my part they deserved the three factors.”
Arsenal are tenth within the desk forward of their ultimate Premier League match of the 2019/20 marketing campaign in opposition to struggling Watford on the Emirates. The very best the Gunners can end is eighth.
In the meantime, supervisor Mikel Arteta has defended the membership’s hierarchy, claiming he has their ‘full backing’, after a aircraft flew a banner throughout Villa Park on Tuesday evening which learn: ‘Again Mikel, Kroenke Out’.
He mentioned: “The Kroenkes and the board and the sporting director [Raul Sanllehi], I’ve their full backing. I’ve that 100 per cent – the followers should consider what I’m saying.
“We’re placing a powerful plan collectively to do as a lot as we will in a brief interval and the league desk doesn’t lie. When you may have the margin of factors with the highest groups it’s for a purpose.”
He continued: “We have to enhance in lots of areas, the staff and individually. The highest groups in sure areas are higher than us.
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“It has to harm and we’ve got to undergo, it’s not adequate for this membership. We all know the problem, it’s actually massive and we’re excited for what we’ve got forward of us.
“There are going to be some ups and downs however generally it’s good to see the truth and transfer on and enhance.”