He looked at the Turf Moor pitch and wanted the ground to swallow him up. But unfortunately for Granit Xhaka his woeful error was compounded by his profligate Arsenal teammates in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.
The Gunners were cruising at Turf Moor, leading through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s smart finish minutes into the game.
He missed another opportunity, before Bukayo Saka spurned a gilt-edged chance to doube their lead.
But with minutes remaining of the opening period, a combination of Bernd Leno and Xhaka gifted the hosts a route back into the game.
Pressed by Sean Dyche’s tenacious Clarets, Leno was pressured into laying a short pass into the midfielder’s path within the penalty area.
Under pressure from Matej Vydra, the Swiss international somehow managed to strike his clearance directly off Chris Wood, with his rebound bouncing into an open net for an equaliser.
“For me that’s a technical, individual error by Xhaka and he’s made countless of them. He’s made more errors for goals than any other player in the Premier League since he signed for Arsenal,” Joe Cole told BT Sport.
The stat the former Chelsea star was referring to indicates that since his arrival in the Premier League in 2016, no outfield player has made more individual errors leading to goals (8).
Arsenal legend Martin Keown actually suggested the error should be put at Leno’s feet, for failing to clear the ball, but Cole outlined the technical mistake Xhaka made.
He continued: “In that situation, I’m putting myself in Mikel Arteta’s mind.
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"He’s scored one goal where he’s played it through the lines, good decision making, wonderful play from Partey, then they live or die and they will not deviate from that.
“Mikel Arteta is not going to go into there and say to his players, ‘any kind of pressure, go long’, he won’t do that because that’s how he’s set his stall out at Arsenal.
“What he will say to Granit Xhaka is, ‘as it’s coming in for you, can you turn it round on your right foot there’.”
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