Arsenal will look to bounce back from successive defeats against Manchester City when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and Gunners fans have begged manager Arsene Wenger not to start Granit Xhaka, rated at £31.5m by Transfermarkt.
The Switzerland international has started every one of the north London outfit’s 28 Premier League matches so far this season, but he has really struggled for form in recent weeks, and was particularly poor in both clashes against City as Wenger’s men were outclassed.
The 25-year-old has been playing alongside Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park, but with Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny among those also available to play in that position, his spot could be under threat for the first time during the current campaign ahead of the trip to the south coast.
Arsenal supporters have been quick to have their say on Xhaka via social media, and while one said “if Xhaka starts there’s a high chance we’ll lose”, another said “I would honestly drop Xhaka until further notice”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I am going to try my best to avoid your match tomorrow. But please don't start Welbeck and if possible Xhaka. Please. https://t.co/QXXoCrUSeR
— Olawole Adeoluwa (@adeayol) March 3, 2018
Xhaka needs to be dropped tomorrow. Wilshere needs to start. If Xhaka starts there’s a high chance we lose. Welbeck didn’t train today so he’s not even going to travel with the squad.
— Wosin Tilliams 🇳🇬 (@TilliamsWosin36) March 3, 2018
I would honestly drop Xhaka until further notice and give Elneny the start from now on. Much more solid and way more mobile, given the chance could he really be worse?
— Arsenal Canada 🇨🇦 (@ArsenalCanada04) March 3, 2018
1-Dispose of that hideous blue kit
2-Eliminate Xhaka from the match day squad
3-Alloy us the fans the dictate team selection,tactics and gameplay.
4-Allow Arsene a sabbatical
Do that,and we're back to winning ways!
— Vin©E..! 🖖 (@Vince_Muhumuza) March 4, 2018
I'd take out kos, mustafi, xhaka need to freshen it up
— David Peddie (@DavidPeddie) March 4, 2018
Hopefully we see some sort of reaction today and not just from the players but the manager as well. Would drop Xhaka for Wilshere! #AFC
— Reece Hill (@reeceh87) March 4, 2018
Please don’t include xhaka in the team today, elneny is a better option.
— hasher (@hasherhashim) March 4, 2018
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