Granit Xhaka has apologised to Arsenal supporters following his red card in the first-half against Liverpool on Thursday evening.
The Gunners managed to hold out for a goalless draw with the Reds, despite the visitors playing the majority of the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg with a man less at Anfield.
Xhaka was shown a straight red card, which was his fifth sending off in his Arsenal career, for a challenge on Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota, that prevented the Portugal international a chance on goal.
The Arsenal midfielder will now miss Sunday’s north London derby showdown with Tottenham in the Premier League, as well as the second-leg against Liverpool next Thursday.
The Switzerland international took to Instagram after seeing his side hold out for a goalless draw and took the chance to apologise to the supporters.
His post read: “I want to apologise to everyone. I am so proud of my team and the spirit that they showed to keep a clean sheet tonight. #GX34.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked about Xhaka’s red card after the game, but the Spaniard insisted he had not seen the incident back.
Arteta said: “I haven’t seen it. I went to do the interviews outside and now here, so I cannot judge it. I haven’t seen the action.”
When pressed on Xhaka being suspended for the north London derby at the weekend, Arteta added: “Yes (it makes the match even harder), but we came here and we are missing nine or 10 players already.
“Listen, we do not know what to expect the next day so we cannot be looking at that and all the time having to fall into that and use it as an excuse.
“We have to play games, it is our job. That is the situation we are in. It can change and it can change to be in a more difficult position. The team has to rebuild and we have players that are with a desire to play and on Sunday, we’ll do the same thing.”
The red card for Xhaka leaves Arsenal with very little options in midfield, with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles leaving the Gunners on loan last week.
football.london understands that Arsenal are pushing to try and complete a deal to sign Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus and for the Brazil international to be registered before Sunday’s North London Derby.
The 25-year-old will have to be registered by midday on Friday in order to be eligible for the clash.