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Is Xhaka the right choice for Arsenal captain?

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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby thebigbangtheo » Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:44 am

The great Brian Clough once said about his star central defender Des Walker, that he'd fine him half his weeks wages if he ever crossed the halfway line during a game, because that wasn't what he was in the team to do but the opposite in best utilising his blistering pace and great timing of the tackle, i.e. you play to your strengths, from which spawned the chant, 'YOU'LL NEVER BEAT DES WALKER'.

In having previously commented that in playing Xhaka further forward of the pivotal roles in central midfield like he does for Switzerland, and thus being much closer to the opposition goal than his own, his liability stakes are drastically reduced.

Now, short of a Forrest Gump style arrangement of fans behind the goals with giant placards screaming XHAKA, NO! BACK AWAY FROM OUR BOX! the moment he gets anywhere near our defensive third, I think the only other way to finally rid him of this nasty habit once and for all would be to lay landmines at both ends of a training pitch and give him a sack of balls. A bit of a drastic remedy I admit, but he'll finally learn the lesson one way or the other, that's for sure.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby swipe right » Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:05 am

You think one player in the dressing room had a pop at Xhaka? One player man enough to say fecker no matter how hard we try you let us down? I doubt it.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Losmeister » Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:08 am

swipe right wrote:You think one player in the dressing room had a pop at Xhaka? One player man enough to say fecker no matter how hard we try you let us down? I doubt it.


I could see Tierney have a go at him.

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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Arsenal Tone » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:13 am

If he hadn't have taken him down then he'd have probably scored. It's called a 'professional foul' for a reason. Would anyone swap 0-0 and a red for a 1-0 defeat and no red? I wouldn't.

Problem is it leaves us short for the NLD unless we can sign a midfielder by lunch time!
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Nuggets » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:27 am

The man never changes does he, he is a fooking liability lets his team down again and again with his clusterfuck moments, we had a chance to get rid of this asshole but the clown kept him.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby PairyGrows » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:08 am

It is becoming unavoidable that we must get rid of Xhaka if we wish to move to the next level. He is a liability. Whatever good he does to the team isn't worth the horrible mistakes he keeps making over and over again. The sooner we move him on, the better.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby KG3 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:15 am

Reiss wrote:Who are we going to play against Spurs? Seriously?

It'll have to be White in the middle surely. We can't go there and play Lokonga and Patino ffs.


Chambers is the best option, that way Lokanga doesn’t have to focus to much on defensive side during the next game
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby KG3 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:18 am

I understand everyones reasoning in saying he shouldn’t play anymore, but no one has even mentioned who should be play instead.

The simple fact is theirs no one else in the current squad, that do Xhakas job better than him atm, until we sign a better player he’s one of the first names on that team sheet and that’s a fact
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Ach » Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:57 am

Was he sent off cos he was last man or the liu Kang flying kick?

Might make a difference in his ban
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Ach » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:02 am

Arsenal Tone wrote:If he hadn't have taken him down then he'd have probably scored. It's called a 'professional foul' for a reason. Would anyone swap 0-0 and a red for a 1-0 defeat and no red? I wouldn't.

Problem is it leaves us short for the NLD unless we can sign a midfielder by lunch time!

No way Jota gets the ball if xhaka doesn't foul him
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Goonerred » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:12 am

Arsenal Tone wrote:If he hadn't have taken him down then he'd have probably scored. It's called a 'professional foul' for a reason. Would anyone swap 0-0 and a red for a 1-0 defeat and no red? I wouldn't.

Problem is it leaves us short for the NLD unless we can sign a midfielder by lunch time!

When he went off I think we all for we were in for a good kicking, 4 nil or something. We played out of our socks from the red card and kept Pool's chances down. So 1-0 and 11 men might have been a better option, as it turned out it worked out for us.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Reiss » Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:13 am

Since Xhaka joined Arsenal in 2016:

•6 red cards - more than any player
•8 errors leading to goals - more than any player
•Threw the Arsenal armband on the floor
•Told fans to f*ck off
•Publicly said he wants to join Mourinho
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Rockape » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:56 am

Just another reckless challenge in the Xhaka catalogue. If he'd let it go and allowed jota to try and control the ball and go for goal, he'd have have all the time to block/challenge etc. Jota had it all to do and defenders need to play the odds in those situations.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby jayramfootball » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:39 am

Rockape wrote:Just another reckless challenge in the Xhaka catalogue. If he'd let it go and allowed jota to try and control the ball and go for goal, he'd have have all the time to block/challenge etc. Jota had it all to do and defenders need to play the odds in those situations.


Yeah, Jota had a low probability of scoring. To control a ball coming from that high in such a way as to open up a scoring chance with any time is quite difficult.
Not only could Xhaka still have closed down whilst Jota was readying himself, so could Ramsdale have come out and narrowed things down.

The problem with Xhaka is he just isn’t composed enough to think it through in the moment and make the right decision. Not going to change.
Good player with fatal flaw that will hurt the team 5-6 games a season.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby DiamondGooner » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:40 am

jayramfootball wrote:Good player with fatal flaw that will hurt the team 5-6 games a season.


That can be the difference between top 4, top 6, a cup you name it.

He needs to go.

It was bad enough against City, but now so soon??

No, its done now, not even a joke anymore.

KG3 wrote:I understand everyones reasoning in saying he shouldn’t play anymore, but no one has even mentioned who should be play instead.

The simple fact is theirs no one else in the current squad, that do Xhakas job better than him atm, until we sign a better player he’s one of the first names on that team sheet and that’s a fact


We buy someone.

Xhaka should be in Roma costing them games, not here.
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