Swiss international Granit Xhaka has divided fan opinion since signing for Premier League giants Arsenal in 2016 and time is fast running out for the midfielder to prove he that he can play at the elite level of football.
Reports suggest former Gunner boss Arsene Wenger passed up the opportunity to sign Chelsea midfield maestro, N’Golo Kante, as he felt the Swiss seemed like a player that fit to play for Arsenal.
Since 2016, the career paths of the two midfielders have taken different courses as the France international is now seen as one of the best midfielders in the world while Xhaka is considered as a failure. The performance in the last clash between the Gunners and Tottenham proved that he is not a top-class player as his unnecessary tackle on Son Heung-Min allowed Pochettino’s men to go 2-0 up before the Gunners managed to draw the game.
The chances that Xhaka will not remain at the Emirates next season are very high, considering the Gunners’ recent activities in the transfer window.
Enough said about his poor performance. Let’s check out the reasons why he needs to be sold as soon as possible.
A critical examination on the player will show you that he seems not to have a position.
For a long time, the team has struggled heavily to replace the special duo of Frenchman Patrick Vieira and Brazilian diminutive midfielder Gilberto Silva and it doesn’t seem the Swiss are the ideal replacement for either of the club legends. Xhaka is obviously not the box-to-box midfielder Nor a tough-tackling midfielder that Patrick Vieira was while the Swiss don’t have the tactical discipline of the South American.
While Xhaka’s passing range is good, he’s tackling is rash. Being a sluggish player on the ball, he struggles against high pressing teams. Each time he lost the ball, the midfielder starts making irrational decisions, which cost the squad ultimately.
Sends the wrong signal
Keeping Granit Xhaka in the team week-in, week-out will send a wrong signal to other players that are working hard to break into the team. In other words, there is a certain player in the squad that is not being handed a fair opportunity to display his ability.
Dani Ceballos was dropped for the Swiss the last time out, but when the Real Madrid loanee came on, he took the match by the scruff of the neck with his exceptional dribbling skills.
Not captain material
A good captain must lead by example, performing exceptionally well week in, week out and not letting his standard drop. It’s clear that Xhaka is not in that sphere as he an accident waiting to occur.