Granit Xhaka: Midfield Rock

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Emeryates, Oct 28, 2018.

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Which best describes your opinion of Xhaka?

  1. He's not a problem at all

    13.7%
  2. Can be an important player with the right partner/set-up

    41.0%
  3. Shouldn't be relied upon, squad player at best

    23.1%
  4. Not good enough for Arsenal and should be sold

    22.2%
  1. Emeryates

    Emeryates Just Here For Heccy

    Where'd the Xhaka thread go?

    Anyway, still ****.
     
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  2. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    TBH, I was fuming at the time but I can't really blame him for getting done by a 1v1 specialist like Zaha. He should never have been put in that position.
     
  3. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Ex-Troll

    the Albanian Roberto Carlos
     
  4. Garrincha

    Garrincha Wilf Zaha Aficionado

    Thought he did fine.

    Monreal or the wide dude probably stick out a leg in that position as well. Not many players win in a face off with Wilf in the box.

    At LB Xhaka is a huge asset playing it out with the two midfielders infront of him, has a nice cross & generally very disciplined. I would not mind seeing him play it again with a LM in front rather than a striker.
     
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  5. Emeryates

    Emeryates Just Here For Heccy

    Did we not have a Xhaka thread? Granited a new contract or some **** like that???
     
  6. say yes

    say yes To VAR

    He's not a LB but thought it was a good performance defensively and (as ever) he showed real balls in trying to push us forward in possession.

    Sensational goal too, think he's having a very promising start to the season.
     
  7. Emeryates

    Emeryates Just Here For Heccy

    Ughh... now my thread is going to have a lot of positive Xhaka comments. This is supposed to be a hate Xhaka, burn him at the stake thread.
     
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  8. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Top player. Wenger knows.
     
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  9. Sungod

    Sungod Member

    Zaha humped his leg. And kissed the ground.

    I need to see Zaha get a card for diving and ruin the team in the most important match of his career.
     
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  10. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Got deleted by accident
     
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  11. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    You're kidding me right? A left back's first job is to defend, and Xhaka struggles to do that even with the protection he gets in midfield. Being able to pass or cross at the expense of being able to run and tackle is a hefty net loss.

    It's only under circumstances as desparate as our full back injury crisis he should ever be considered to play there.
     
  12. Garrincha

    Garrincha Wilf Zaha Aficionado

    Just on today thought he was fine. Lead our defenders with 4 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 clearances & won most battles.

    Held down the left side alot better than I expected. Arguable better than Lichtsteiner on the left or the wide dude. Monreal of course #1 by a distance though.
     
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  13. ptrcopp

    ptrcopp Well-Known Member

    I agree. It was a dive. It should have been punished and with VAR it would have. But it would have been a different game with VAR.
    But Xhaka shouldn’t be isolated one on one with a player like Zaha. Not one on one in a dangerous wide area like that. If fact, no one should.
     
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  14. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Done fine at LB when nobody ever even considered the possibility of him playing there. Clearly much more versatile than many acknowledge, but obviously can only be judged on how he plays at CM.
     
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  15. WilshereGone

    WilshereGone Active Member

    Not a big Xhaka fan but I think he's doing a great job for the team out at left back. Goal was insane too.

    Can't be too harsh on him for the penalty. Easy to say he got it all wrong in hindsight, but when you're faced with someone as tricky as Zaha and you're already in an uncomfortable position, the odds are stacked against you.
     
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  16. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Did well but we need our full backs to be overlapping which he didn't, I'm sure he was worried about his pace on the counter but it cost us going forward today. Get him back in midfield for the pool game, should help Özil as well, Xhaka isn't the perfect player but he is very good at playing the midfield splitting passes to find Özil in space.

    Monreal is good but you look at the impact that someone like Robertson & Mendy have had with their pace/energy and it makes you think that we need someone like Tierney.
     
  17. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    He was lucky he didn't get booked for the challenge. Would have missed the Liverpool game in that case
     
  18. samshere

    samshere Why so serieuse?

    Still a better lb than kolasinac
     
  19. dka91

    dka91 Well-Known Member

    I don't really blame Xhaka for the penalty either.

    It was a dive firstly and I agree with the consensus that Zaha is a tricky winger to keep track of, especially in a non preferred position.
     
  20. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Better defender definitely. But not going forward.
     

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