Arsenal are in for a long season of inconsistency it would seem, as new manager Unai Emery looks to instill his tactics within the squad and bring success to the Emirates.
It remains somewhat strange seeing the Gunners without legendary manager Arsene Wenger, but that’s the way it is now, and Emery has acted in the summer to bring in new players, many of whom he has thrust straight into first team action.
However, there are those players in the Arsenal XI who keep getting selected who we at the Tavern think just do not warrant a stating jersey, none more so than Polish midfielder Granit Xhaka.
That’s why we think he should have been moved on in the summer and replaced by Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy, who continues to impress with a string of fine displays both in the Premier League and at international level.
The Australian is a class act in the middle of the park, and like Xhaka, is not afraid to get stuck in and do the dirty work if needed.
Huddersfield would have no doubt held out for quite a fee for their main man, but given that Xhaka cost the Gunners in excess of £30m of which they would probably recoup most of, it would have been a deal well worth pursuing for Emery and his owners.
Mooy will probably see the season out now, but he remains a player that the Gunners should well be keeping a close eye on.
Arsenal fans, what do you think? Agree? Let us know in the comments!