Jamie Carragher has branded Arsenal star Granit Xhaka “shocking” following the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over West Ham on Monday night.
A bright second half saw the Gunners ended the worst run in recent memory when they came from behind to claim a first win in nine matches and move up to ninth in the process as Freddie Ljungberg claimed his first win as interim head coach.
But it had started in familiar fashion for Arsenal when a dour first half saw the Gunners trail to a fortunate Angelo Ogbonna effort, with Carragher having plenty to say about the Swiss star’s efforts in the opener.
“It always seems we have two or three fall guys we attack, some might say it’s bullying, and we always pick out David Luiz,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“But Xhaka here (for the goal) is shocking. He just ducks out of it.
“He may not have got there but do more than that.”
After the match, Ljungberg said: “First half we were slow, a bit lethargic and didn’t move or run, but that comes when players are low and have no confidence because you don’t do the things you need to.
“It has been hard, but I felt ‘give it a go second half’ and it was amazing for me to see.
“You saw West Ham get a bit tired and low around the 60th and we sliced them open and played some really good football. That is how we want to play, keeping the ball well, but of course we won’t get carried away.
“We have a lot of work to do on things, but all credit to the players for how they did in the second half.”
The Swede was also questioned about his future as interim head coach and it seems he is keeping an open mind about how long he’ll be needed in the Gunners hotseat.
“I speak with Edu. Of course we played with each other, so we try to speak because I don’t have much staff so I talk to him sometimes about football,” Ljungberg said.
“I’ve been told to work on a game-to-game basis and that is what I try to do. I’ve said this is a club I love and I’ll try to help as much as I can and then it is up to them to do what they do.”