Granit Xhaka: Next Captain?

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

    13.0%
  2. Can be an important player with the right partner/set-up

    39.5%
  3. Shouldn't be relied upon, squad player

    24.2%
  4. Not good enough for Arsenal and should be sold

    23.3%
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  1. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Torreira was MOTM but it was a very big performance from Xhaka today. Much credit where it is due.
     
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  2. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    It's a shame he's suspended for Manu..
     
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  3. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    One of the most hard working players in the team imo, integral to our team. Will be missed against Man Utd.
     
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  4. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    True but you can say that about almost every player today
     
  5. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    Majestic today
     
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  6. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Yeah. They really turned up I have to say. Xhaka is one of the more oft-criticised players, including by myself, so it should be noted that he was very good.
     
  7. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Well-Known Member

    He dictates play and is our fulcrum. He's not as easy on the eye as Cesc or Santi but he's quietly doing good work this season. I'm not sure who takes his place or what our shape will be.
     
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  8. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    He has shown in 2018 how good he can be but the costly lapses in concentration means there will always be doubts about his place in the side.
     
  9. GunnerBP

    GunnerBP Well-Known Member Trusted

    When Emery came in I believed that a Basque coach would know how to get the best out of Xhaka because he plays like a Basque DLP similarly to Xabi Alonso and many other Basque players.

    I'm really pleased that this has come true.

    Emery bought the perfect midfield partner for Xhaka in Torreira, and signed a GK who can play with his feet in Leno. These players give Xhaka that extra bit of time to spot a pass and make him have to do less work defensively. All of this brings out the best in him.

    Xhaka and Torreira are arguably the best midfield partnership in the League.
     
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  10. boonthegoon

    boonthegoon Well-Known Member

    Went missing in the first half for me (except for that gorgeous pass to Kolasinac for the Iwobi chance) but stepped up properly in the 2nd.
     
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  11. Dennis_Bergkamp_10

    Dennis_Bergkamp_10 Well-Known Member

    He still has his flaws (i.e. the Wolves error) at times but he was great today. We will miss him against Man U.
     
  12. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Glad someone said this , they're in contention to be .
     
  13. North5

    North5 Here since 2009. Still no custom title.

    As a huge Xhaka critic I have to admit he was great today. If him and Lucas continue like this together it will be very good times.
     
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  14. GunnerBP

    GunnerBP Well-Known Member Trusted

    These two have bossed both Liverpool and Sp**s, and they didn't play against Man City and Chelsea.

    Chelsea's midfield of Jorginho, Kante and Barkley/Kovacic/Loftus-Cheek is good, but we're better.

    Man City is the only one that could be better than ours in my opinion.
     
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  15. Stannis

    Stannis Well-Known Member

    Will miss him a lot vs United
     
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  16. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Been a big critic but he has impressed me hugely in recent months.
     
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  17. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    Not just his improved play but his maturity the last couple of months has been excellent. He did a fantastic job leading the side yesterday. When he first arrived talking about wanting to be captain and he was so rash and error prone it was laughable but he has displayed real poise and composure of late.
     
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  18. Malky

    Malky Well-Known Member

    Still has flaws to him, but we're seeing a different player to last season.
    Torreira was rightfully MOTM, but Xhaka takes alot of credit in that win, another big game where he's stepped up and been class for us. Two of the " best " and " hardworking, athletic " midfields (Liverpool and Sp**s) and Torreira/Xhaka have bossed both of them :bounce::bounce:
     
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  19. TheArsenalis

    TheArsenalis Well-Known Member

    Maybe a bonehead but he is our bonehead.

    The heart of our team, stepped up
     
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  20. Aevi

    Aevi Hands down best mod -Trilly (probably) Moderator

    Definitely, this season has confirmed (thus far) that Xhaka's role and partnerships under Wenger weren't doing enough to cover for his deficiencies. Which isn't a slight on Xhaka, all players have deficiencies.
     
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