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Is Xhaka the right choice for Arsenal captain?

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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Özim » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:12 am

Power n Glory wrote:We overpaid. He's not a good player.


Spot on, we really got done over with his signing, the money was ridiculous, very average player, to have paid 35 million is unbelievable, he was worth 10-12 million at best.

Quite happy with 18 million for him, he’s been an utter liability since he arrived and has really hindered the team.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Özim » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:14 am

theHotHead wrote:If team unity is shredded so be it, sack all of them and start all over, I have no affinity to this team whatsoever. But if Xhaka was the glue holding it together, it kind reminds me of a saying ... the foolish man built his house upon the sand. With foundations like that its no wonder we are all over the place.


Yeah not being funny, but if someone as average as him is the one holding the team together you’re in serious trouble, he’s been a liability throughout his time, I rue the day we signed him.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby #ST » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:16 am

Please let this happen. I always thought Mourinho was a scumbag but I will root for Roma if this deal happens.

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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Paddy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:19 am

17-18m for a 29 year old clown that is a liability. ill take that.

put that towards bissouma and we're laughing.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Paddy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:21 am

EliteKiller wrote:The problem with losing a 100% reliable (>40 games a season) even one as average as Xhaka is that the whole team dynamic will need to change - if we can buy an upgrade and he can slot in and play >40 games a season all good - but seeing as we already need to replace Luiz, Ryan, Odergaard and Ceballos and we have Laca, Nketiah, Chambers and Elneny all entering the last year of their contracts, where are all these magic upgrades coming from - the 20m we get for Xhaka certainly won't buy much.


we needed a gutting of the squad and we're getting it. the club must be confident of replacing them otherwise they wouldnt sell.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Power n Glory » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:43 am

We don't need Xhaka and better options are already in the squad. Just play Elneny and Partey as the two in midfield.

Partey is a superior player in all areas over Xhaka. Release him and do what Xhaka thought he was doing and we'll play a lot a better. Having him sitting in a DM role and passing it short to someone who can’t pass or dribble as well as him is a waste. Play Elneny alongside him to play DM, sit and cover and it's done or get an upgrade on Elneny who can play DM and make better passes.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Özim » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:45 am

I agree, we do have better options, I’m really happy we’re finally getting rid, it’s taken us far too long, he should have been sold years ago.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Santi » Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:01 am

I hate the c*** but selling another midfielder before we've signed one is beyond stupid. Sign one then let him f**k off to Roma.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Paddy » Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:58 am

@ChrisWheatley_: Granit Xhaka has agreed a five year contract with Roma. Fee is expected to be in the region of €18-20m. He’ll become a Roma player very soon.

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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Özim » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:01 am

Some positive news at last!
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Santi » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:16 am

'arteta kept xhaka and plays him every game' ;)
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Power n Glory » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:58 am

Özim wrote:I agree, we do have better options, I’m really happy we’re finally getting rid, it’s taken us far too long, he should have been sold years ago.




He's just not the right fit and it's difficult pairing him with anyone in midfield because of his limitations.

Difficult pairing him with a deep laying playmaker because we're left a little light on defence. Plus he's not the best supporting player. The playmaker often still has a lot of heavy lifting to do when it comes to recycling the ball and progression.

Paired with a DM we lose a lot on our attack and ball progression.

Box to box type/ midfield shadow striker....same problems as above.

Without him in the squad, I'd be more open to seeing different combination of players. Heck, Torriera and Guendouzi are two I wouldn't mind seeing next to Partey.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Özim » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:07 am

Santi wrote:'arteta kept xhaka and plays him every game' ;)


:lol:

He did, he was wiser to be sold before Arteta arrived and he did play almost every game, doesn’t happen if the manger doesn’t rate you, I think Xhaka wanted to move on now for a new challenge.

It’s so he can bring mediocrity and mistakes to a new club.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby alexafc12 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:11 am

£15 - £17m for Xhaka is good business by Roma.
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Re: Granit Xhaka (34)

Postby Power n Glory » Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:16 am

He may do OK there at Roma and under Mourinho. Not the right fit for us though.
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