Xhaka to start Arsenal v Ludogorets despite reckless red card?

Although some Arsenal fans and plenty of people in the football press have been hammering the Switzerland international Granit Xhaka for his performance against Swansea City in which he was sent off for a tackle on Modou Barrow, the manager was quick to back his big summer signing.

Arsene Wenger is never usually one to criticise his players in public, but as well as not doing that the Frenchman explained that he thought that the tackle only merited a yellow card as it was not dangerous or malicious and was the Swansea player was not exactly in on goal but somewhere out wide near the halfway line.

Those comments from Wenger will surely be welcomed by Xhaka but I think the boss needs to go further and boost his spirits by starting the Swiss midfielder in our next game, which is at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Francis Coquelin is going to start the Premier League match against Middlesborough on Saturday anyway, so it might be a good idea to0 keep the Frenchman as fresh as possible and the European tie against the Bulgarians wouls suit Xhaka’s more adventurous game as well.

Most important, however, is to keep the players’ confidence up so after some heavy criticism, do you think Wenger will start Xhaka again this week?


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  1. citrenoogeht says:

    For me, if Wenger rotates appropriately with the squad that we have, we will possibly win silverware this season. However, it is the getting of the rotation right that is the question and that is where Wenger is going to have to earn the £8m that he is on. His considerations should be on issues of giving players rest periods – especially to avoid burn out and injury. Whilst at the same time keeping each member of the squad happy by giving them a vested interest in the club’s success through regular appearances for the club. With that said, yes it is a good idea to play Xhaka against Ludogorets on Wednesday.

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