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Thierry Henry 'Couldn't Watch Granit Xhaka Captain Arsenal' According To Patrice Evra

Thierry Henry 'Couldn't Watch Granit Xhaka Captain Arsenal' According To Patrice Evra

Thierry Henry turned an Arsenal game off after seeing Granit Xhaka walk out as captain, according to former France teammate Patrice Evra.

Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Burnley after a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal, with Xhaka putting his hands on Ashley Westwood in a scuffle and getting sent off at 0-0.

Evra worked on the game as a pundit for Sky Sports and recalled the time he watched the Gunners in the company of club legend Henry.

"Thierry Henry invited me round his house once to watch the Arsenal game," he begun. "He turned on the TV, the first thing on the screen was Xhaka leading Arsenal as captain.

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"Thierry Henry turned the TV off straight away I said 'what happened?' and he said 'I cannot watch Xhaka be the captain of my team' and we didn't watch the game, he turned off the screen."

It's the second time in the space of a month an Arsenal player has been sent off for off-ball issues.

Against Leeds United in November, Nicolas Pepe put his head to Ezgjan Alioski's and received his marching orders as well as a three match ban.

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Evra thinks there is currently a lack of discipline within Arsenal's squad.

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He said: "I feel sad, and I'm being sincere, for the Arsenal fans but I don't feel sad for the Arsenal players. I think they deserve where they are. First of all, when you don't score goals you don't win.

"We're talking more about their attitude. We have an episode with Pepe & today it's Xhaka. It's just a massive lack of discipline. Arteta must be fuming right now."

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Arteta commented on Xhaka's sending off following the game and admitted: "I think it's related to how much will & energy & commitment they want to put in the games.

"But they over stood the line & it's not an excuse because, 'I want to be brave & be there', you just give the game to the opponent."

Arsenal are 15th in the Premier League and have lost four consecutive home matches.

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They return to action on Wednesday against Southampton.

Topics: Football News, Football, Patrice Evra, Granit Xhaka, Premier League, Arsenal, Burnley, thierry henry

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and WWE legend The Undertaker. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.