Granit Xhaka went into the international break picking up a red card in Arsenal’s 5-0 humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend.
The Swiss Football Association (SFA) confirmed on Wednesday the midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19.
This news was confirmed on the same day the SFA recommended players in the Swiss leagues, coaches, officials, staff members and volunteers to be vaccinated against Covid.
Blick editor-in-chief Andreas Böni isn’t pleased with the Gunners man’s decision to not get vaccinated.
He says the Switzerland international has had a week to forget, for the red card he received against City and testing positive for Covid. Regarding the latter, Böni says Mikel Arteta’s man has ‘acted irresponsibly’.
The journalist questions how the national team captain and ‘role model for many’ isn’t vaccinated. Prior to the Euros, Xhaka visited a tattoo artist without a mask, an incident that hasn’t pleased Böni.
Although Böni makes it clear that getting vaccinated is a personal choice, he adds: ‘Basically it is negligent not to be vaccinated as a professional footballer.’
‘You travel a lot, on planes, on buses, and you are constantly on the move with different groups of people. And if you get caught, an entire team is threatened with quarantine, which endangers the game.’
Clearly, the Arsenal player hasn’t had a good time, both on and off the pitch, in recent weeks.