Date: 23rd August 2019 at 12:50pm
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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas says he doesn’t want to see Granit Xhaka anywhere near the Arsenal XI for the Gunners trip to Liverpool on Saturday.

Unai Emery’s men were thrashed 5-1 at Anfield last time they travelled to Merseyside and Nicholas believes Xhaka doesn’t have the defensive discipline needed to help avoid another slaughter.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m dreading this game. How are they going to defend against Liverpool?

“David Luiz could make mistakes or he could have a man-of-the-match performance. Sokratis doesn’t offer enough and they are still vulnerable in the full-back areas.

Granit Xhaka, Arsenal’s first-choice captain

“Arsenal should play with two protectors in front. I don’t want Xhaka in the team, I would prefer Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. They would give Arsenal energy and defensive qualities.”

Xhaka captained Arsenal in the opening league game’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, in which the Gunners kept a clean sheet.

He missed the 2-1 win over Burnley through injury, but his return from injury is not a boost according to Nicholas who doesn’t even think he should be in the side, with a youngster like Guendouzi preferred.

Gooners, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments…