Every Arsenal fan will tell you that we (still!) are in dire need of a defensive midfielder, and we have already been linked with quite a few of them this summer, with Steven N’Zonzi on top of my list due to his knowledge of Unai Emery’s tactical wishes and also after reading about Emery’s preferred line-up of 4-1-4-1.
If so, and N’Zonzi is given the holding midfield role it will free up Granit Xhaka to be used as a more attacking midfielder alongside Aaron Ramsey. The Switzerland international is much more respected in international circles than he even by Arsenal fans. Just today I have seen the highly respected coach Ottmar Hitzfeld say about his former charge on Blick: “Arsenal is also a top club. If Granit got an offer, then I would trust him at Real or Barcelona too. He could also get his performance there. Granit is a very dominant player. One who draws the game and has no inhibitions.”
“He is very confident and knows what he wants. He can push his teams. Granit sets high standards to the others. That’s why he might be able to tease. But I prefer such players, those who show up on the pitch. ”
So, next season, if he is used in his right position with a clear instruction from the new coach, there is no reason why we may all be flabberghasted at just how much he could improve for us. Exciting times!
For more info you could read “Why Arsenal must not sell Granit Xhaka this summer” by Alfie