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XHAKA TO RETURN TO ARSENAL XI

Switzerland international skipper Granit Xhaka is in line to return to the Arsenal starting XI ahead of the Premier League outing with Crystal Palace on Thursday. The Gunners will play hosts to Crystal Palace in a London Derby clash and Switzerland midfielder Xhaka is expected to be named in the Arsenal starting line-up after dropping out for the FA Cup third round tie with Newcastle United at the weekend.Xhaka dropped out of the Arsenal line-up for the FA Cup encounter as manager Mikel Arteta made several changes to his XI from the previous game, a 4-0 away win over struggling West Brom.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had to call on Switzerland midfielder Xhaka off the bench as his team found it hard to break down a stubborn Newcastle United team. His introduction in the second half of regulation opened up the game as Arsenal went on to score two goals in extra time to win the FA Cup tie 2-0 and also seal a place in the fourth round.

SWITZERLAND STAR ADMITS RECENT MISTAKE

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has admitted that he made a big mistake during the recent Premier League game at home to Burnley. The Switzerland national team captain came in for a lot of criticisms for his action that led to a red card during the game. Granit Xhaka was given his marching orders after he grabbed Burnley player Ashley Westwood by the throat in the second half of the league game with the scoreline at goalless.

His red card was keenly felt by Arsenal as they went on to lose 1-0 to Burnley in what's their first defeat to the Clarets in the Premier League era. Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang scored an unfortunate own goal to give the Clarets the three points at stake. Switzerland midfielder Xhaka was forced to miss the next three Arsenal games as a result of his red card. He missed the league games against Southampton

David Ornstein confirms injury blow for Arsenal duo

The Athletic reporter David Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal duo Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka have picked up injuries during the club’s recent clash against Manchester City and the former could be ruled out for the rest of the season. The north London side resumed their league action after the coronavirus shutdown with an away trip to the Etihad Stadium and it was one to forget as they were beaten by a comfortable 3-0 score.

Xhaka insists he has forgotten about the bust-up with Arsenal fans

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has said that he has forgotten about the bust-up with the Arsenal fans during the first half of the season. The midfielder was stripped from the captaincy after the incident in October and it appeared that he could head through the exit door at the beginning of the year.

Granit Xhaka says Arsenal need three to four years to win the league

Arsenal
midfielder Granit Xhaka has said that the Gunners may require another three to
four years to reach the pedigree of Liverpool and start competing for the
Premier League title. The north London side have been on a decline over the
past few years and they have missed out on the Champions League and the top
four in the previous three seasons.

Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal need leaders in different positions

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has said that Arsenal need leaders in different positions rather than a single captain. The midfielder has been touted to become the new skipper with the anticipated departure of Laurent Koscielny but believes more than one player should take up the mantle of leading by example on the field.

Speaking to The Mirror, Xhaka said that manager Unai Emery has preferred to offer instructions to different players and last season, the likes of Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech were able to convey their thoughts when on the field of play. He added that the same trend should continue for the forthcoming campaign and the instructions don’t necessary have to come from the captain, he quipped: “You need more than five. All the teams have to be captains on the pitch. It’s not the guys who have the armband. Of course he looks good on the pitch because he has the armband but in the end we have to work and we have to speak all together on the pitch. It’s not only one player or two.”

Paul Mariner suggests Granit Xhaka needs coaching at Arsenal

Former Premier League star Paul Mariner suggests Granit Xhaka needs more coaching at Arsenal to suit the defensive midfield role. The Switzerland international has been with the Gunners for the past two-and-a-half seasons where he has produced a mixed bag in terms of the performances for the club.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Mariner suggested that the midfielder is more suited to the holding role rather than playing in an advanced position. He added that the north London giants need to offer the midfielder with more coaching in the number six position, if he is to have a long-term future at the club, he said: “I like him in the 6 role. I don’t like him when he plays a little bit further forward or when he plays the 8 role. I don’t like him. What they should do with now is they should coach him a little bit more, so they are going to keep him.”

Granit Xhaka triggers concerns over his long-term future at Arsenal

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has dropped concerns regarding his long-term future with Arsenal after admitting he could pursue the next step away from the club. The midfielder has transformed into a key performer under Unai Emery this campaign, contributing four goals and three assists across all competitions for the club.

Speaking to Tagblatt, Xhaka has now presented doubts whether he could remain with the Gunners for the long-term after admitting that he is very ambitious and would not want the north London side to be the last stop, he said: "I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step. Arsenal does not have to be the last stop."

Martin Keown believes Denis Suarez may spell trouble for Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes the winter signing of Denis Suarez at the Emirates should provide further competition for Granit Xhaka at the heart of the midfield. The Switzerland international has been lacking the defensive awareness on multiple occasions during the ongoing campaign and Keown feels the arrival of Suarez could spell trouble for Xhaka’s position in the team.

In a report covered by The Star, Keown said that manager Unai Emery is unlikely to consider dropping the likes of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi from the starting XI and this should directly impact on Xhaka’s position, should Suarez be needed on the playing field. He added that he was surprised by the Gunners’ inability to sign a new centre-back in January, although Emery is clear with the mindset to control games after the recruitment of Suarez.
He said: “The arrival of Denis Suarez at Arsenal puts pressure on Granit Xhaka. Unai Emery is not going to drop Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi has showed promise. I am surprised Emery did not prioritise signing a defender. But this move clearly suggests that he wants to improve Arsenal’s ability to control games in midfield.”

Unai Emery pleased with Granit Xhaka’s commitment

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that he is pleased with the commitment shown from Granit Xhaka despite the Switzerland international playing out of position during the recent north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners had gone into the game with just one senior centre-back available in the form of Sokratis and this witnessed Xhaka slot into the heart of the defence not for the first time.

Still, the presence could not prevent the Gunners suffering a 2-0 defeat in the League Cup quarter-final but Emery was nonetheless pleased with the Swiss’ commitment in a tough situation for the club, he said: “The players are helping us with their commitment, playing in different positions because the team needs them sometimes like today, because after Sunday it was a lot of minutes on the pitch for Koscielny to play today 90 minutes. He is helping [Xhaka] and I am happy with him and his performance because his commitment to help us is very important.”

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