Granit Xhaka: Next Captain?

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


Which best describes your opinion of Xhaka?

  1. He's not a problem at all

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

  3. Shouldn't be relied upon, squad player

  4. Not good enough for Arsenal and should be sold

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  1. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Definitely. This is getting a bit much on AM recently as well.
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  2. Tosker

    Tosker Well-Known Member

    from where I'm sitting the over hyping is easily balanced out by the over trashing - a bit of balanced commenting by both sides would make a nice change
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  3. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    Aren't we all sentimental at some level? I would find the forum boring without this.
  4. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Laca Respect for Alexandre

    Remember that next time Erlis is here loving up Xhaka.

    Erlis basically won against the haters though.
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  5. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That's an extreme level. Normally, haters keep pin-pointing the flaws of a player while fans keep pointing out his strengths and find some excuse for his weaknesses. These kind of arguments are interesting usually though it gets boring when the same points are being repeated by both the parties over a period of time.

    Then there are some serious fans who just keep making statements like "He is the best player", "Arsenal should be blessed to have a player like him" without backing it with any facts or examples on why they feel that way. They even attack the club in support of the players. I don't bother with their comments anymore.
  6. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    He's staying, he's starting, he might be captain. We'd better get used to it. He's a good player, but he can not be playing s our DM with his lack of mobility. At stages last year, he was brilliant at unlocking defences with this curving balls in behind from deep. If we add a pacey winger, Tierney and Bellerin comes back, with Aubameyang up front, these balls could be a weapon.
  7. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    Geoffrey not a fan

    Was he really that bad last night? I read he was involved in the two goals but what about the bigger picture?
  8. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    He wasn't bad at all, involved in both goals and should've had an assist for a beautiful through ball at the end of the game.
  9. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter how was he yesterday. What matters is that we will need to have 2 players around him to compensate for his defensive flaws and lack of attacking output. Some idiots like me would just remove him from the squad and play a guy that helps us in defence or adds goals in attack. I would survive without his diagonal balls for Kolasinac.
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  10. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Short man Syndrome

    He wasn't good at all last night.

    He didn't do anything that made me think a Ceballos of Willock couldn't replace him.

    However he'll be the first name on the team sheet this season.
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  11. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    Unbelievable pass. Shame about the miss.
  12. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Willock, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ceballos, none of them play this ball imo. Maybe it's not enough to say this alone should mean he's a guaranteed starter but he does have attributes which the others do not in terms of his range of passing.
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  13. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    What about bigger picture bro? Three moments in a game would be all well and good from say attacking midfielder but someone playing in granits position needs do far more.

    How was his overall performance for the 90 minutes?
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  14. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Short man Syndrome

    Maybe not, we don't know yet. But that was in the 91st minute after a poor game.

    Xhaka can be fantastic sometimes, he really can. It's just the consistency in his mistakes that make him infuriating.
  15. THunter

    THunter NOT In A Caravan Trusted

    Disappointed in Eddie there.

    Needs to take all the chances he gets to impress greasy.
  16. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    His overall performance was decent. It's those that decided he had a game bad after he lost possession once in the first half that need to look at the bigger picture. Ceballos cannot replace what Xhaka does, no one in our team can.

    Anyway I'm not really a Xhaka fan per se but I find the unnecessary hate towards him annoying. Most people decided he had a bad game after he lost possession once in the first half and then ignored what happened for the rest of the game where he did some great things.

    We still need a proper defensive midfielder as Torreira hasn't proved he can take that role and neither can Ceballos who is an attacking midfielder.
  17. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

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  18. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Look how much time and space he has to play it though. It is unrealistic to expect him to be able to do this in proper competitive football, especially in the PL.

    He needs to go.
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  19. kraphtous

    kraphtous Unai Enemy

    He makes these kinds of passes regularly in the Premier League.
  20. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Not ones that set up a one-on-one goal scoring chance. He does it from wing to wing, sure.

    Look, he's just such a liability when pressed and he's one-footed.
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