Who starts with Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield?? by JH
Granit Xhaka is expected to be announced as having joined Arsenal in the coming hours, having been snapped in the official new kit of next season.
The Swiss international has been watched on a number of occasions this season, with the Gunners believed to have prioritised his arrival, and they now appear to have wrapped up his signature swiftly.
It has been quite a while since Olivier Giroud got anything but a hefty slating in my Arsenal player ratings, but fair play to the big striker today as he scored a very good hat-trick and gave Arsenal the perfect send off to a season that once again flattered to deceive. Other notable performances came from the returning Santi Cazorla and our midfield rock Francis Coquelin but there really was only one choice for Man of the Match.
You can feel the disappointment from most Arsenal fans that we didn’t win this years Premier League title, but there is no doubt that there has been many highs and lows over the campaign. There has also been some extremely entertaining games, Olympiakos away anyone? Or Man United at home?, and some desperately depressing for everyone concerned, for me the home defeat to Swansea reserves stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
France have announced their provisional squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer, and will be taking two Arsenal stars to the tournament.
The Gunners have one last Premier League match this weekend before their players depart to join up with their respective international sides, but a number of Arsenal’s first-team will not feature in the tournament.
As well as the young Gunners that won promotion to the top division this week, there have been some senior Arsenal stars involved in the underage side this season, mainly used to get their fitness and form going after an injury kept them out of action for a long spell.
January signing Mohamed Elneny has picked up the Vitality Player of the Month for April, having won the same award in March also.
The Eqyptian star seems to have hit the ground running in an Arsenal shirt, having only joined this winter. Elneny has started every match since February 5, and looks very comfortable playing with his new team.
Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday that, although Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are not exactly 100 percent match fit after coming back off the injury list, he does have the full squad of Arsenal players to choose from. The fact that this is the first game this season when he has been able to say that does highlight the massive problems the boss has been faced with again this season and we can only wonder what might have been had he been able to call on his strongest XI every week as Leicester and the Spuds have.