Granit Xhaka received mixed reviews for his performances in the middle of the park for Arsenal last season.
Overall, the team did not hugely impress in what turned out to be Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge of the Gunners.
Now, Unai Emery is in charge, which means that every player in the squad will have to act like a new signing in order to impress the coach.
Xhaka showed glimpses of quality on the ball last season, but for spells of the campaign, he was below par.
Amid reports that Arsenal are trying to sign Uruguay international Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, question marks have been raised over Xhaka’s standing in the team.
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The Switzerland international signed a new contract until 2023 last month, so it is unlikely that he will be farmed out this summer, but there is a chance that the midfielder could end up being a squad player rather than an influential member of the first team.
On Twitter, some Arsenal fans debated about Xhaka’s future in the setup under Emery.
he is not creative, very lazy … Lets complete the signing of torreira and keep him bench
— Frank R. Msuta (@concBixy) July 8, 2018
Wenger wasted Granit a lot. He’ll definitely come good, I’m that confident.
— Luka ™️ (@iamtheluka) July 8, 2018
Last chance saloon no improvement sell him
— alton jarman (@waltitan40) July 8, 2018
With Torreira and Ramsey Next to him is going to be top
— Rodrigo Urán Franco (@rodrigo_uran) July 8, 2018
Best midfielder in the league
— Blake Edwards (@Blake___1988) July 8, 2018
Will xhaka even start? I dont think he will.
— Stealthgunner (@Stealthgunner14) July 8, 2018
Perhaps mismanaged under Wenger. Got competition with Torreira, Ramsey and El Neny. What is his best position is another question.
— Ricky Peter Newins (@RickyPNewins) July 9, 2018
Is he suddenly going to become good ??♂️
— Matt Crosby (@Mattagcrosby99) July 8, 2018