Former Gunner makes bold claim about Xhaka’s performance this season

Former Arsenal man Kevin Campbell admits Granit Xhaka has improved in this campaign.

The midfielder has been impressive in his two matches for the Gunners this season.

He makes more forward runs than he has ever made before in his Arsenal career and he also looks prepared to score more goals for them in this campaign.

Pundits and fans praised the midfielder for his performance against Leicester City at the weekend.

One of them is Campbell, and he admits the former club captain is a very different player this season.

He told The Highbury Squad YouTube channel:

“At the end of the day, we’ve discussed it, if he’s at the club and he’s wearing the shirt, I have to back him, the fact of the matter is that Xhaka is playing at a level and being involved offensively more than I’ve ever seen him. I’ve never seen him be in the opposition box so much, I’ve never seen him have an assist and score in the same game like he is. It’s an easy one for Mikel Arteta.”

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This is still early in the season, but the signs are clear that Xhaka has improved.

Mikel Arteta trusts him a lot and that means the Swiss star will get enough playing chances in this campaign.

Hopefully, the midfielder will continue in this form for the rest of this term and help us get back inside the top four.

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve rarely been so anti an Arsenal player as i was when he was at his lowest point but, right now, i kinda wish he was wearing the armband! His rehabilitation has been incredible.

    1. I put this change down to his incredible character and MA for his faith in him, plus his ability to get the best out of the player.

      I can’t see Xhaka going anywhere as long as Mikel is the manager

  2. I put this change down to his incredible character and MA for his faith in him, plus his ability to get the best out of the player.

    I can’t see Xhaka going anywhere as long as Mikel is the manager

    1. The resilience he has shown to overcome adversity- admittedly some of it his own making – is a great example for the younger players.

  3. Shedzy rarely have I seen this level of honesty displayed by a fan, especially complimenting an Arsenal player who’s not very liked.

    You have set the tone up nicely on this very thread.
    But watching the swiss on Saturday is to witness a completely different player.
    Zinchenko presence in the team has created additional space for Xahka to operate in.

    Previously, he has combined to roles that of a defensive screener in front of the back four and as makeshift left back when Tinerry has flooded foward. But with the Ukrainians gravitating centrality and plugging the gaps Xhaka use to fill, he is now able to move up instead of across hence being more of a goal threat

    Xhaka willingness to self sacrifice his self for the team will always be appreciated by all managers

  4. Xhaka is a great player to have around. The amount of experience he’s got has a massive benefit to the team. But what caught my eyes is his ability to cope with his new role. Though I believe that the new guy(vieira) will replace him as the the season goes on, I still think that he’s an asset for Arteta.

    If you observed one of Arteta’s recent press conferences, he talked about how vieira will do in xhaka’s position and how different qualities they have. And that’s why I believe Arteta didn’t splash 35m£ just to have him( vieira) as an odegaard back up.

    Neverthless I hope that xhaka will keep up his new form, fingers crossed.

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