Under Unai Emery this season, a lot of Arsenal players have thrived. The Spanish gaffer seems to have ironed out the mistakes in some of his players’ game, with Granit Xhaka being one of those. Against Liverpool on the weekend the Swiss midfielder was superb and The Gunners were keen to heap praise on him.
Granit Xhaka vs. Liverpool, via @arsenal:
• Most completed passes of any player on the pitch (84)
• Most tackles of any player on the pitch (5)
• Most ball recoveries of any player on the pitch (15) pic.twitter.com/shqJo87nFn
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) November 5, 2018
Arsenal fans over the last two years have made Xhaka one of their prime scapegoats. The Swiss midfielder often goes missing defensively in the Gunners’ midfield, however, since Lucas Torreira was brought into the club Xhaka has stepped up defensively and shown what he’s all about, with his display on the weekend against Liverpool further underlining just how impressive he has been throughout the season so far.
If Xhaka can keep up his incredible form right throughout the season then the boo boys will surely have to pack it in and find a new target for their trips to The Emirates. The fact that Arsenal are now competing over 90 minutes with the likes of Liverpool is just a testament to the way that Emery has his side setup and if Xhaka and co can carry on playing in Emery’s model of football then they’ll only carry on getting better and succeeding.
You can read The Gunners’ thoughts on Xhaka here:
Xhaka and Bellerin have really progressed under Emery, last year no Arsenal fan would cry if they’ve been sold
— juventino (@muhanadtt) November 5, 2018
84 passes against Liverpool!! He's definitely one of the best passers in the world
— Aju_ogar Denis (@ogar_denis) November 5, 2018
…even Xhaka was good! We should hope he'll keep it real.
— reza dalili (@arsenali) November 5, 2018
Man has proper upped his game
— Richard (@gilbert367) November 5, 2018
He should be like this every other time…
— bigf**kengooner (@idgaf_12) November 5, 2018
Really grateful to Emery for making these lads better on pitch with each game
— NothingLastForever (@AremoAlatise) November 5, 2018
Solid as a rock
— mroperandi (@Mroperandi) November 5, 2018
The Gunners are loving the way Emery has them playing and will hope Xhaka and co can keep their form up.