Granit Xhaka claimed an unwanted Premier League hat-trick as he was sent off in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday.
Midfielder Xhaka was initially booked for a foul on Dwight McNeil by referee Graham Scott, who was then advised by VAR to review footage of the skirmish that broke out following the challenge.
Having seen the Switzerland international grab Burnley’s Ashley Westwood around the neck at the pitch-side monitor, Scott upgraded the card to red.
The 58th-minute dismissal was the sixth in the Premier League for Arsenal since Mikel Arteta was appointed as head coach in December 2019, double the number of any other top-flight team across the same period of time.
As for Xhaka, it is his third red card for Arsenal; only four other players have been sent off more times for the north London club during the Premier League era.
Indeed, Manchester City’s Fernandinho (four) is the solitary player to receive more red cards in the competition since Xhaka’s debut back in August 2016.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did score with the Gunners down to 10 men, albeit it was an own goal. The captain flicked a corner in to condemn Arsenal to a fourth consecutive league loss at home, the club’s worst run since December 1959.
Aubameyang had scored in his three previous appearances against Burnley at Emirates Stadium, managing five goals at the right end of the pitch.