Granit Xhaka: Managers Love Him!

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

  1. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Established Member Trusted

  2. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    See you in five years
  3. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    I guess I should've said young central attacking midfielders.

    Saka, despite his versatility, is not that. He's a creative winger, who is versatile and has also adapted to this interesting left midfield position Arteta has created for him. He's a bit like Lemar at his age except better in every way, lol.
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  4. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Established Member Trusted

    Haha Saka is pretty comfortable as a central attacking mid I'd say but I take your point. Off the top of my head, others who broke through recent(ish) at central midfield positions at a younger age than Azeez is now though:

    Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Sandro Tonali, Boubacar Kamara, Maxence Caqueret, Luis Florentino and Billy Gilmour.

    I think you have to take each case on it's individual merit. Without suggesting this kid will be the solution to our DLP problems, I definitely don't think he needs years of U23 football before he's given a first team chance.

    Still a gamble, but one with a potentially huge upside.
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  5. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    Absolutely, which is why I’d draw a categorical difference between 10s like Aouchiche and Gomes and Reinier and Ødegaard and 8s or 5/6s like you mention. It’s the former which managers seem to want to develop a great deal nowadays before they give them the creative keys to the team.
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  6. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    Now that Özil is finished,
  7. James Bond

    James Bond Moderation Consultant

    We move.
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  8. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap In midfield with Cellabos

    When you have been forced to watch Xhaka play football for 5 years and the club finally decides to upgrade on him.
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  9. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    :popcorn: Let the fun begin...
  10. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    PS. Where are the kash2nuts?
  11. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

  12. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    I’m so excited for a Xhaka Partey midfield. That’s going to be Xavi Iniesta level (in terms of epicness). Can’t wait!
  13. Ash10

    Ash10 Jury Lite

  14. kash2

    kash2 Obsessed With Jury

    Xhaka - Elneny - Partey midfield. Finally height and physicality. Saka Auba Pepe upfront
  15. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    Well Partey is here now, so it’s only right to start the auditions for who deserves to partner him. I’d like to see Xhaka tried today and see how it goes.
  16. Riou

    Riou A-M's Resident Jobber

    When you have gone from playing with the likes of Saul and Koke, to playing with Granit Xhaka...

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  17. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    He is still starting? I thought with Ceba and Partey we'd see less of him.
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  18. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    It's hard to say what plans Arteta has. Given Ceballos had a minor injury concern, Xhaka may start this week. I expect us to slowly transition him to bench. And even Elneny is giving competition to Xhaka. So it won't be long before that happens.
  19. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    If Ceba is injured wouldn't mind Neny forming a 2 man CM with Partey with Willian ahead. Get the feeling that would give us better balance. We should see Arteta's real plan in today's game a little bit.
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  20. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    Will always be a shiiite signing in my book.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2020
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