The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been looking at their 25-year-old defensive midfielder, Granit Xhaka ahead of the new season. At times, Xhaka has looked like a liability but it will be interesting to see how he gets on under the tutelage of Unai Emery.
Is this season make or break for Granit Xhaka at Arsenal?
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) July 8, 2018
The Arsenal midfield looks to be hit with a major revamp ahead of next season. Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla have been let go and Lucas Torreira looks to be signing to give the Gunners midfield a little bit more steel to it. This seems to be the right way to go for a lot of fans and if Torreira can partner Xhaka and get the best out of the Swiss international then we’ll have plenty of delighted Gunners in our bar.
At the moment though, that looks a long way off. Xhaka, who signed from Borussia Monchengladbach back in summer 2016, has looked shocking in Arsenal’s midfield in his two-years at the club. The 25-year-old has left his defence exposed on a number of occasions, stepping out of line and diving in, allowing the opposition more space in front of the Arsenal defence. If Emery can stamp that out of him then it will be seen as a huge success but as things stand that is very unlikely.
You can read our local Gunners’ Xhaka verdict here;
he is not creative, very lazy … Lets complete the signing of torreira and keep him bench
— Frank R. Msuta (@concBixy) July 8, 2018
With Torreira and Ramsey Next to him is going to be top
— Rodrigo Urán Franco (@rodrigo_uran) July 8, 2018
Wenger wasted Granit a lot. He’ll definitely come good, I’m that confident.
— Luka (@iamtheluka) 8 July 2018
Will xhaka even start? I dont think he will.
— Stealthgunner (@Stealthgunner14) July 8, 2018
Perhaps mismanaged under Wenger. Got competition with Torreira, Ramsey and El Neny. What is his best position is another question.
— Ricky Peter Newins (@RickyPNewins) July 9, 2018
Is he suddenly going to become good
— Matt Crosby (@Mattagcrosby99) 8 July 2018
Last chance saloon no improvement sell him
— alton jarman (@waltitan40) July 8, 2018
Whilst the Gunners’ in the Tavern would love to see Xhaka pick up some form in an Arsenal shirt, a lot of them are reaching the end of their tether with the midfielder.