Granit Xhaka: Managers Love Him!

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Marjorie, Aug 18, 2020.

  1. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Loved his little lobbed pass over the top for the Auba chance in the first half, him and Elneny had another good game following the Liverpool one.
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  2. Football Manager

    Football Manager Copy & Paste Merchant

    One forward pass?
  3. TakeChillPill

    TakeChillPill Well-Known Member

    Made one decent pass all game and everyone is waxing lyrical, get a grip people.

    He should be pinging 4-5 at least per game. Arteta is a genius in finding a way to no longer make him a liability for the team and not making him look completely incompetent on the pitch.
  4. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    I am not a huge fan of Xhaka, but I am very happy that he has improved so much under Arteta. He is a fairly limited player, but Arteta is playing him in a way that brings the best out of him, which is what we should expect of a good coach.

    I am also happy that Xhaka seems really happy and content with life at Arsenal. This seems to go for much of the squad for that matter. All good in my view. I still think we can do much better at his position, but I for one am happy that he is playing so well now. Hope it continues as long as he plays for us.

    Plus that pass to Auba was a really nice pass!
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  5. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Xhaka makes beautiful passes in every game most of you just don’t see it.
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  6. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    Think everybody including his biggest detractors mentions he’s really good at passing. You just don’t see it!
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  7. Ash10

    Ash10 Jury Lite

    Every pass that Xhaka makes is beautiful to him, even the ones that go to the opponents. Don't bother
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  8. Taneruit

    Taneruit Well-Known Member

    I meant Elneny (if that wasn't clear from context)
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  9. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    He’s Swiss, so the reason why he gets played regularly for Switzerland is because they have nothing better. His previous club in Germany were equivalent of Southampton here, so again, I’d expect an average type with a few alleged leadership qualities to be held in high regard there. There is a reason why no top clubs value him highly and it’s because he’s not that good. If Arsenal are looking to break into regular champions league football and beyond, he is not good enough. If he only does the little things well, then what the hell is he doing a club like Arsenal? If his role is being reduced just to make him barely efficient, then I don’t know what our goal is.
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  10. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    What, a little bit of pointing before shovelling it to the right back who immediately came under pressure and had to hit it first time to Elneny? Par for the course for the player really.

    Point, shout, point, shout.... hospital ball. Repeat.
  11. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    He starts at Arsenal because our CM options are so poor. He starts for an Arsenal that has had to play 5 at the back since the signed and that finished 8th last season. Switzerland is not a good footballing nation.

    He's undynamic midfielder in a dynamic league. To me our performances over the last few seasons and him are inextricably linked. He's not the sole cause but a significant contributing factor
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  12. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    Oh for sure. He’s comfortably been our best midfielder for years, which is really not a good thing. Some don’t get this.
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  13. MikelHadADream

    MikelHadADream Well-Known Member

    This guy has been an absolute clown in the past, but since Arteta's come in it just seems to have finally clicked for him. He's improved so much defensively, doesnt give stupid balls away in dangerous positions, is never injured and has a massive engine. Just a very solid player now.

    Players in his position usually really only hit their peak at around 28 as well, he should maintain this level for several years.
  14. Taneruit

    Taneruit Well-Known Member

    *Everything is Xhaka’s fault*

    And we’re at that point again. :rofl:

    Edit: You know why he starts? Because Arteta wants him to start. Plain and simple.
  15. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    Now I understand why you claimed Monchengladbach is a pub team. It's to have more stick to beat Xhaka with. :lol: Never doubt the power of AM agendas.

    Please educate yourself, look at their average league positions, and tell me how you can compare them to being like Southampton.

    Monchengladbach has on average been 6th in the league while Southampton has been ~11th.

    You could similarly say Arsenal is almost Southampton's level because they average 4,5th in the league in the same time frame, so it's much closer. :D ;)

    This is from the time frame when Southampton got back to EPL, year before that Gladbach finished 4th so that would bring the average up more.


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  16. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    Yeah I'm not sure why they keep fighting this battle.

    At least Pepe, Özil, Laca had enough poor performances to earn hate. Xhaka is so consistent that his haters have to resort to hypotheticals and arguments that they actually can't prove to criticise him. Either that or they pick out one or two misplaces passes a game.:lol:
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  17. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    I think Xhaka is an important part of the team.
  18. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    Old habits die hard.
  19. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    Switzerland is not good, but has been on positions 8th - 12th in FIFA ranking for the past 8 years.

    Sure, any nation outside of top 7 is not good at football.

  20. Taneruit

    Taneruit Well-Known Member

    I’m not even holding it against him tbh, because England (if he’s english) tends to be a battle we lose and we are crap in certain positions (striker, our defense continues to be a walking calamity/offset by regulary having very good goalkeepers). Midfield, though. Nope. I mean especially now Xhaka-Zakaria is a very competitive one imo.
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