Tag: Switzerland

Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal man's substitution blamed for defeat

Switzerland fans are not happy with their national team manager after he substituted Granit Xhaka in their 2-1 defeat by Belgium.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal star takes up national team captaincy after teammate's retirement

Granit Xhaka is the new first-choice captain of the Swiss national team, after the international retirement of his former club teammate Stephan Lichtsteiner.
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Mikel Arteta names 'natural leader' in Arsenal squad

Once upon a time, Granit Xhaka was Arsenal captain until he threw a massive strop, told the fans to f**k off, and we all thought his time was up at the club, but he has done what few others would have managed in this situation and turned it all around.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates the goal of Fabian Schar during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka continues positive international break with goal against Gibraltar

Granit Xhaka scored for Switzerland in a 6-1 victory over Gibraltar as his country topped their Euro 2020 qualification group on Monday.
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at London Colney on September 12, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Steve Bruce believes Fabian Schar could help bring Granit Xhaka to Newcastle United

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce believes Fabian Schar could hold the key in a potential move to bring Granit Xhaka to the club in January, according to reports.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates the goal of Fabian Schar during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka returns to the pitch with MOTM performance for Switzerland

Granit Xhaka made his return to the pitch for Switzerland on Friday, playing his first minutes since that moment against Crystal Palace.
Ivory Coast's forward Nicolas Pepe (L) kicks the ball during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Ivory Coast and Mali at the Suez Stadium in the north-eastern Egyptian city on July 8, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP / Getty Images)

Full chronological international fixture schedule for Arsenal players over the break

A number of the Arsenal squad have headed out on international duty over the current break, so let's have our usual look at when they'll all be in action.
Gabon's forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrives for a training session in Libreville on January 20, 2017 during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Gabon. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS

Full fixture schedule for Arsenal's 9 senior international call-ups

The international break is underway again, so let's take a look at the Arsenal players set to be involved for their countries.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder suffering Achilles pain for weeks, substituted in international friendly

Granit Xhaka has been suffering from Achilles pain for a 'couple of weeks' according to the player and a report in Switzerland.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates the goal of Fabian Schar during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka admits he's likely to take time off next month

Granit Xhaka is likely to take some time away from his usual international duties next month for the birth of his child, according to reports.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates the goal of Fabian Schar during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal man offers to give up national captaincy to please Liverpool star

Granit Xhaka has offered to give up the armband of the Swiss national team if it will help Xherdan Shaqiri get over his huff and return to the squad.
NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal prior to the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Arsenal star called up for UEFA Nations League semi-final

Granit Xhaka has received a call-up to join Switzerland for the UEFA Nations League semi-final next week.

Arsenal star scores banger: His team blow 3-0 lead after his substitution

Granit Xhaka scored a fantastic goal with his right foot to help Switzerland into a 3-0 lead on Tuesday night, which they duly threw away as soon as he left the pitch.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Forgotten Arsenal man gets international call-up

Stephan Lichtsteiner is alive and well and about to captain his national team once again.
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Spiritus Rector: Arsenal star named ‘most influential sports personality’ in his country

Granit Xhaka has been named as the most influential sports personality in Switzerland, beating out FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Roger Federer.

Xhaka's former coach admits he can't understand the midfielder playing at left-back

Former head coach of the Switzerland national team Ottmar Hitzfeld admits he can't understand why Granit Xhaka is playing at left-back at the moment.

Arsenal ask Switzerland not to pick this star

Stephen Lichtsteiner will not play for Switzerland against Belgium and Iceland after being left out of the squad for this round of internationals at Arsenal’s request.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Arsenal man to start against England to ‘advertise his business’

Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to start for Switzerland against England on Tuesday night after sitting in the stands for their first game of the international break against Iceland.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder says 'sorry' and admits he'd be 'stupid' to react again

Granit Xhaka has vowed to ‘never again’ celebrate for Switzerland using the Albanian eagle.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Lichtsteiner refuses to be forced into international retirement

Stephan Lichtsteiner has absolutely no intention of being forced into international retirement after it was reported that his Swiss manager was expected to just that.
This picture taken on June 23, 2018 shows Swiss football Federation general secretary Alex Miescher at Torpedo Stadium in Tolyatti also known as Togliatti, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. - Miescher resigned from Swiss football federation after he initiated a debate on a ban of dual citizenship for players. After the elimination of Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Russia Miescher had questioned in the press on the policy to follow on players with dual nationality in the Swiss team. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Official who questioned Arsenal star's motivation resigns

Alex Miescher, the secretary general of the Swiss FA (SFV) who questioned the motivations of players with dual nationalities during the World Cup, handed in his resignation on Friday.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Vladimir Petkovic, Head coach of Switzerland congratulates Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Another Arsenal player to be 'forced' to retire from his national team

Journalists in the Swiss media expect national team manager Vladimir Petkovic to force Stephan Lichtsteiner, among others, out of the national team.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka in another Swiss controversy

Granit Xhaka’s nationality is once again causing problems.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Video emerges of Arsenal star clashing with an angry Serbia fan

A video has emerged of Granit Xhaka responding to taunts from an angry Serbia fan, after his Albanian eagle celebration earlier in the World Cup.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka is not happy

Granit Xhaka has hit out at the Swiss FA's Secretary General after he ‘disappointed dual citizens’ with recent comments claiming that players should have to drop their second country to represent Switzerland.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

New Arsenal signing speaks out to defend club teammate over World Cup showing

Stephan Lichtsteiner has spoken out to defend club and international teammate Granit Xhaka, after some criticism of the 25-year-old at the World Cup.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Senior international: I will start after the holidays at Arsenal

Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted he doesn’t know if he will continue to play for his country after Switzerland were knocked out of the World Cup by Sweden.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks during a meeting on Western Balkans in Paris on May 29, 2018. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

Albanian Prime Minister opens bank account to help Arsenal star

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has opened a bank account so that he can contribute to the fines picked up by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal pair punished by FIFA

Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner escaped with fines after they were charged with ‘provoking the general public’ following their goal celebrations against Serbia and a complaint by the Serbian FA.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Arsenal's new signing charged by FIFA, faces significant ban

Stephan Lichtsteiner has also been charged by FIFA after he joined in with Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s double-headed eagle celebration.
Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

How Granit Xhaka helped Switzerland topple the Serbians

Since his move from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 Granit Xhaka has split opinion but his improvement is undeniable.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

2 match ban a possibility as FIFA start proceedings against Arsenal star

FIFA have opened up disciplinary proceedings after Granit Xhaka celebrated his goal against Serbia by making a two-headed eagle gesture with his hands.
Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Arsenal’s new boy hails Manchester United man’s ‘amazing qualities’

Stephan Lichtsteiner hailed Nemanja Matic after Switzerland beat Serbia on Friday night.
KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal new boy comes to the defence of Granit Xhaka

Stephan Lichtsteiner has defended Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal man celebrated his Switzerland screamer with a double-headed eagle gesture aimed at the Serbian fans.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Vladimir Petkovic, Head coach of Switzerland congratulates Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

How will Arsenal new boy Lichtsteiner fare with Switzerland at the World Cup?

Unai Emery's first signing as Arsenal manager was Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, who will join the Gunners on a free transfer following the World Cup finals.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Xhaka: 'I do not give a damn'

Granit Xhaka says he doesn't care whether people think Switzerland got lucky against Brazil, insisting the final score is all that matters.

Podcast: Xhaka and Lichtsteiner criticised – Arsenal World Cup daily round-up

In this third podcast of our summer World Cup series, Anita recaps day four of the action which featured Costa Rica (Joel Campbell) v Serbia, Germany (Mesut Ozil) v Mexico (Carlos Vela), and Brazil v Switzerland (Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner).
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Swiss media tank Granit Xhaka as Stoke man savaged

Granit Xhaka was given a terrible rating of just 3-4 after his performance against Brazil.

Winners seek solutions, not excuses says Arsenal’s latest signing

Stephen Lichtsteiner is preparing for his country’s opening game at the Russia World Cup against one of the tournament favourites, Brazil, on Sunday evening, and has been speaking to the press ahead of the game.

Watch: The tackle that injured Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka picked up a knee injury but, despite having to be helped from the pitch, will not miss the World Cup after bone bruising was confirmed rather than ligament damage as first feared.