Xhaka accused teammates of being “afraid”

Arsenal and Watford tied 2-2 on Sunday, and according to skipper Granit Xhaka, his teammates were scared after they threw away their two-goal lead.

Thanks to two goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal was leading 2-0 against Watford up to the 52nd minute.

But in the 53-minute mark, Tom Cleverly scored for the Hornets and then Roberto Pereyra tied the scoreboard in the 81st minute thanks to a penalty goal.

And according to Arsenal skipper, Granit Xhaka, his teammates were afraid after throwing away their two-goal lead.

“What went wrong? That’s a good question,” Xhaka said go ESPN.

“At half-time, we went to the dressing room and everything was good. Everyone was happy but we came out and played such a bad second half. You have to say we are happy to take a point.”

“We were scared in the second half. We knew they would come at us and push us hard but we have to show more character and not be scared. We have spoken about it. We cannot give a performance like this in the second half,” he added.

“We knew they had nothing to lose and they would come for us but we didn’t show our game, we were too scared, nobody wanted the ball. You have to stay calm, be mentally strong and we weren’t today.”

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Xhaka explained: “They are stronger than us so we want to break the lines from the goal kick and connect to Mesut Ozil as we did with the first goal.”

“We have young players, we are working to improve and they will gain experience from matches like today. We can grow up and learn with these mistakes.”

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