Xhaka gets away with ‘blatant red’ after horror tackle on Leeds ace Raphinha

Granit Xhaka was lucky to escape a 'blatant red' on Saturday evening when he clattered into Raphinha with a sickening challenge.

Leeds were 3-0 down after a torrid first half for Marcelo Bielsa's side where the Gunners ran riot at Elland Road.

The Swiss international rolled over the top of the ball before colliding with the Brazilian studs-up in the ankle.

However, there was no foul given from Andre Mariner, and after a VAR check, Xhaka avoided any punishment from the officials.

And Leeds fans were quick to fume on social media as footage of the challenge emerged.

"Yellow card for standing and blocking a free-kick and either a straight red or second yellow for the challenge on Raphinha, and yet nothing tell me they're not corrupt," one fan fumed.

Another added: "Neville says 'another day, another game and he gets sent off'. Translation: if a Leeds player commits the foul or it's against a top 6 player, it's a red card."

"How’s that not a red?! And he’s laughing about it," a third tweeted.

One fan suggested: "It’s about time we had officials explain their decisions after the game."

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Leeds fans' misery then continued as Joe Gelhardt was booked less than a minute later for a similar challenge.

"Referring inconsistencies perfectly exemplified there with the tackles on Raphinha and by Gelhardt respectively," one fan fumed.

Gerhardt bundled into Arsenal standout Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Mariner was quick to brandish a yellow card, as Arsenal players, including Xhaka, protested for more.

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Fortunately, for Leeds fans, Raphinha was able to stay on the pitch and convert from the spot.

However, any late Leeds rally was squashed by Emile Smith Rowe, who smashed the ball home for Arsenal's fourth of the evening.

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