What is stopping Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira from playing well for Arsenal as they do for their country?
Arsenal’s biggest problem this season has been the number of underperforming players they have had to field in their matches.
The Gunners have left their fans frustrated after putting in below-par performances all season, but most of these players still do very well for their countries.
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira have not stood up to be counted for the Gunners this season, but they showed in the last international games that they are one of the best in their positions.
Granit Xhaka did so well in the recent International games that it was hard to think that he has been frozen out at Arsenal. Lucas Torreira also did very well for Uruguay in their game against Argentina as he helped them record a 2-2 draw.
Xhaka has been found guilty of making very avoidable mistakes for Arsenal this season and his attitude has also been a major problem, however, he doesn’t seem to give such concerns to the fans of the Swiss National team and his goal against Gibraltar in their last qualifying game is the kind that Arsenal fans would enjoy watching him score.
There is every possibility that the tactics of Unai Emery make it hard for Arsenal players to be at their best. The toxic environment created by the fans hasn’t also helped.
I have my own view why they play better for their respective countries and it is not just because Emery plays them out of position on occasions, I feel it is a combination of factors and one of them is fear of failure.
You see, in my opinion, one of the major factors is they are scared stiff to make a mistake with Arsenal, that inhibits their game. They do not suffer that with their national teams and us fans have a lot to do with that.