Granit Xhaka: 2019/20 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Ricardinho, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Its all complex but there were periods where players were just hoofing the ball, we'd "play out from the back" it would get as far as David Luiz who'd then hoof it.

    No doubt Liverpool are expert pressers but our CMs need to provide an outlet for the ball if we want to play out from the back. If we're hoofing it they need to win second headers/balls (aimed at Torreira)

    I'm not have a go at Xhaka alone, Torreira was also pretty anonymous in possession. Cant fault Xhakas defending yesterday
  2. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    Thanks. That was a great insightful argument.
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  3. Furious

    Furious Xhaka Propagandist

    Yeah, no problem. That's about as much your post deserved.
  4. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    Nice coverup.
  5. Monstar-Gunn4r

    Monstar-Gunn4r Well-Known Member

    Like he was okay yesterday, dealt with the early press decently but kind of disappeared in a passing perspective in the second half. I would've murdered him ffor not properly tracking the run through the middle for the liverpool goal though
  6. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    He's great at defensive blocks but when he gets the ball he actively avoids playing progressive passes under any pressure, meaning we miss a huge opportunity to create attacking overloads and take advantage of our speedy attackers.

    We're one of only 3 teams who've drawn more games than we've won this season. Watford and Brighton are the others. Although I don't specifically blame Xhaka (I'm ok with him playing in a 3 man midfield), failure to address stuff like this is a big reason why.

    It's not just catastrophic mistakes that are a problem, it's fear of making them.
  7. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Xhaka plays passes forwards. If he gets pressed he passes backwards so Luiz lobs it over the press. It’s tactical.
  8. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    News to me.
  9. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    And that’s acceptable build up play for a top midfielder?
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  10. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Yes because he follows instructions.
  11. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Do you realise Xhaka literally can’t play any other way? Arteta’s current instructions are designed to get the maximum out of each player’s limitations. That’s not his long term aim.

    It’s allowed us to reach mid table with a positive GD though, so there’s that
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  12. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Arteta very much likes Xhaka, just like Emery and Wenger before him. Xhaka was on his way out in January with the clubs agreeing a deal. It was Arteta who convinced Xhaka to stay. Xhaka is part of Arteta's long term plans, even if we do get better players. Does Xhaka have weaknesses? Sure, as does every player. His strengths far outmatch his weaknesses and he is a top midfielder.
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  13. Ash10

    Ash10 Jury Lite

    He is such a top midfielder that the only club that wanted him was Hertha Berlin right?
  14. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    More chance Xhaka is captain again next season than sold at this point I think. First name on Mikel's team sheet.
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  15. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    How low have we fallen?
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  16. Oxeki

    Oxeki New Thread Merchant

    Our midfield is ****e and clueless but yet people suck off Xhaka who is essentially the only 'undroppable' CM in there.

    Imagine Xhaka having a game like he did yesterday and some on here are calling him 'topclass'

    We deserve mediocrity
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
  17. Erlis

    Erlis Only Came To See Granit Xhaka

    Better than the midfield of so called European and PL Champions. Absolute elite.
  18. Erlis

    Erlis Only Came To See Granit Xhaka

    :lol: ...with ramsey was so different.
  19. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    Three things

    1. We have never conceded more goals in the league than we do now.

    2. We've never achieved fewer points in the league year after year.

    3. Xhaka is at the heart of the midfield, tasked with the job of protecting the back 4. He plays almost every week.

    Is any of the above false? Is Xhaka somehow free of blame for our current defensive frailties? He isn't all to blame, it is a team game after all.

    But no one can tell me that we've looked better in midfield since he arrived.
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  20. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    My point is this - what is it we aspire to achieve?

    If we want to reduce the 40 point gap with a side like Liverpool, every automatic starter on the pitch needs, at the minimum, the agility to play quick progressive passes out of tight spaces. Xhaka sits at the hub of our distribution channel so he has a big big role in our attacking efficiency. In my opinion, it's too slow and limits our attacking potential.

    I've no beef with him at all, but the idea that we can't function without him says more about the state of our midfield than it does about him.

    Arteta also convinced Luiz to stay and gave Mustafi redemption. Without being able to spend, his priority has to be character building and squad harmony.

    Out of curiosity, what do you see as Xhaka's role in the next stage of Arteta's rebuild?
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