Parlour slams Mikel Arteta over decision during Arsenal’s latest defeat

Parlour slams Mikel Arteta over decision during Arsenal’s latest defeat
Ex  Arsenal midfielder, Ray Parlour has hit out at manager, Mikel Arteta for playing Granit Xhaka as a left-back against Brighton.

Xhaka was switched from his natural midfield position in the Premier League fixture against Brighton over the weekend, as Arsenal lost 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.

The result against Arsenal means the Gunners are now in the fifth position on the Premier League table, with three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said that Arteta would have kept Xhaka in the midfield instead of testing him in the backline.

I think Xhaka is not a left-back, we know that. I would have left him in central midfield, he’s always on the ball and you know you are going to have a lot of possession against Brighton. So I think that was a little bit of a mistake,” Parlour said.

He added: ”But he’s made that decision that they are not going to have a lot of play down the right-hand side, which in the end, the first goal came from that area.”