Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka revealed that he will not change despite receiving his fifth yellow card during the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool. His last-ditch challenge on Diogo Jota meant he was ruled out for the second leg which Arsenal lost 2-0 at home. It was his second red card of the season after he was sent off during their game against Manchester City in August.
“It’s not like I’m planning this. It’s not like I’m doing this on purpose,” Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka said. “But sometimes, I am in a position where I have to take a 50:50. It’s risky, of course. Now people will say, ‘Yeah, but why do you always [take] risks?’ This is who I am. I can’t change myself from today to tomorrow. Of course, I need to improve and I know I need to improve. But at this moment, if Jota takes the ball and he scores, they will say again, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’ Now, I stop him, they say, ‘Why do you get the red card?'”
“In the end, after the game, everyone is smarter than in the moment – myself as well. Of course, when I see it back now and say, ‘Do I need to go into the duel or not?’ No,” he added. “But it is a moment, a second, where I have to make a decision and this time I made the wrong one and I feel sorry for the team, I feel sorry for the supporters, but thanks God they did an amazing job after that.”