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. Erlis

    Erlis Only Came To See Granit Xhaka

    Don't lie, defensively Xhaka is up there at the top with Arsenal defenders.

    Less lies more truth people.
     
  2. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Even if that were true, it’s an Arsenal defence that conceded 51 goals in 38 league games
     
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  3. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    If the new formation works for our forwards, I am all in favour of it. But if it is a 3-man midfield, I would prefer a Torreira-willock-ceballos combination rather than putting Xhaka in there. And again, what exactly is Xhaka's strength? I could think of nothing other than the long ball. And those long balls have hardly been useful for us. Which of the top 4 teams depends on a midfielder playing long balls to help with their attack? It used to be West Ham's style of play. We want creative midfielders. And having another midfielder is not going to stop Xhaka from making mistakes. It is a mental thing. He is slow to react. If he is pressed, he will give away the ball.

    We are better off having a Willock in his position. We could play Xhaka in Europa or some home matches where we will not be pressed.
     
  4. albakos

    albakos Arséne Wenger: "I will miss you" Administrator

    There was a podcast of Ornstein whio chatted with few of our players: Auba, Mkhi, Bellerin, Xhaka etc...
    Ornstein impression was that Xhaka will be named next captain soon ;)

     
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  5. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    I think that much has been pretty obvious for weeks now. It begs the question why though. He not even guaranteed starter once everyone is on form.
     
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  6. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    ITK info directly from Emery?
     
  7. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    No, but with out midfield options it's not like that's a stretch.

    Only handful of players you could say are nailed on to start every game
     
  8. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    I mean no disrespect to you, I'll just trust our manager in such a simple decision. Maybe he knows what he wants from Xhaka and who has any chance of displacing him in the starting line-up.
     
  9. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    Well, I guess we'll see over the coming season.

    Ceballos looks more than good enough to displace him. Places in the team are definitely up for grabs this year.
     
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  10. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    Whatever you think of his playing ability (I think he’s great), he’s clearly the best captaincy option in the squad character-wise. Hope he gets it.
     
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  11. Tosker

    Tosker Hates Foreigners

    listening to it now - worth it just for Auba - we and the team are so lucky to have him as a player and a man
     
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  12. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    I dont agree but this was funny:)

    He slotted in as in/cb and wasnt a catastrophe either
     
  13. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    We'll just agree to disagree then :)
     
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