Horrendous Granit Xhaka Mistake Gifts Burnley An Equaliser At Turf Moor
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Granit Xhaka gifted Burnley an equaliser with a horrendous mistake at Turf Moor in today's early kick-off.
The Gunners were 1-0 up early on through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the scores were level again before half-time courtesy of a moment of madness from Xhaka.
The Swiss international received the ball from goalkeeper Bernd Leno under pressure in his own box, and with his body position all wrong, smacked a pass straight at Clarets' Chris Wood.
A disaster at the back for Arsenal results in a gift of a goal for Burnley :gift:
Chris Wood will never score an easier goal in his life! pic.twitter.com/h4jYPBebWN
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 6, 2021
The ball hit the New Zealand striker on his hip and bounced into the empty net, giving him the most bizarre goal of his career.
Xhaka hasn't had the best of times against Burnley, having been sent off twice against Sean Dyche's side during his time at Arsenal.
And things didn't get any better for the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder today. His first touch was slack and then the second touch, an attempt to find David Luiz, was woeful and saw Wood score with minimal effort required.
Unsurprisingly, Xhaka was subject to a lot of rinsing on social media:
World class assist by Granit Xhaka to set up Chris Wood :dart::fire: pic.twitter.com/Len9L8SSn6- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) March 6, 2021
Oh my word :flushed:- Goal (@goal) March 6, 2021
Arsenal have just conceded after Granit Xhaka did THIS :weary:
The easiest goal Chris Wood will EVER score pic.twitter.com/LlraQc2gHi
Every time Granit Xhaka makes you think he's competent, he does something so mind-bogglingly boneheaded- Sean Walsh (@SeanDZWalsh) March 6, 2021
Since 2016/17, no player has made more errors directly leading to opposition goals than Xhaka. While it was nice of him to assist Wood, it's yet another mistake he will want to forget in a hurry.