Betrayed by Xhaka
Bro I’m not sure what you’re expecting from me. I’ve praised Arteta for it previously however let’s not get it twisted, it’s not like it was a revolutionary thing that Arteta done with Xhaka as he’s played further forward for Switzerland previously. He was also a pretty good player just misused and under appreciated by our fanbase. There was a whole summer I was debating with a few on here about his influence on our team vs Partey.
Regarding his position, Arsène said this back in 2016:
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The issue was had we utilised Xhaka in that role, who would have played the 6 back then? Coquelin? Elneny? Credit where it’s due for him utilising his strengths but even prior to that I didn’t really have that much of an issue with Xhaka, it was more his brainfart moments more than anything. Some were getting onto him a bit too much I felt.
Wrong. Xhaka often plays a 6 for Switzerland, and it is the role he always preferred. He said the 8 was new to him but he plays where the coach tells him, but he doesn’t like it that much.
His best role is a 6 as part of a double pivot but you must have a athletic player next to him.