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Mikel Arteta: Granit Xhaka overstepped the line with red card against Burnley

Granit Xhaka was sent off for violent conduct at the Emirates Stadium; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal handed Burnley a 1-0 victory; the Gunners have lost four consecutive home league games for the first time since 1959

“We were on top from the beginning to the moment of the sending off,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “We threw the game away.”

Xhaka was initially shown a yellow card for the incident, but referee Graham Scott changed his decision to a red after consulting the pitchside monitor at the Emirates Stadium.

Xhaka’s petulance proved costly for Arsenal, who had appeared in the ascendency early in the second half following a poor first-half showing, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 73rd-minute own goal eventually consigning them to their seventh Premier League defeat of the campaign.

When asked if Xhaka’s behaviour was unacceptable in his post-match press conference, Arteta said: “Absolutely.”

He added: “He’s made a mistake, clearly, that has cost us.

“We were prepared, knowing this was a game we clearly had to win, but with 10 men it makes it much more difficult. You give the opponent a chance and you end up losing on a set-piece.”

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He added: “He’s made a mistake, clearly, that has cost us.

“We were prepared, knowing this was a game we clearly had to win, but with 10 men it makes it much more difficult. You give the opponent a chance and you end up losing on a set-piece.”

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