Arsenal opened their Premier League account with a routine 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday afternoon as a solitary strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang was enough for the Gunners.
Unai Emery chose to make Granit Xhaka skipper during the game as he made his 100th Premier League appearance in Arsenal colours. Following the departure of club captain Laurent Koscielny, it appears as though the Swiss is next in line to replace him in that role.
However, after his performance in midfield at St James’ Park it left much of the Arsenal fanbase incredibly divided over his efforts.
Some praised the Switzerland international as one said if Xhaka wasn’t playing it would have been a loss for the north London outfit. Another fan said he was superb with his positioning.
Yet other supporters decided to lay into the 26-year-old. One individual claimed the Premier League wasn’t for him as he was branded the main negative from the match.
The debate led to one tweeter seemingly baffled at some of the hate the 6 foot man gets.
Xhaka finished the match with a pass completion rate of 84.5% whilst picking up a customary yellow card. He also won two aerial duels and made three tackles, per WhoScored.
Here’s the best of the debate.
I cannot think of a worse player than Xhaka in the last 20 years that has made more than a 100 appearances for Arsenal
— Jeff The Judge (@GoldenJeff1968) August 11, 2019
Amn played well too. Big issue is midfield and build up. Xhaka the big negative but it’s a coaching issue as well as a personnel one
— ⚽️???⚕️ (@1ACEi) August 11, 2019
We can’t flow with pace and move room for the wingers with Xhaka the Prem is not for him
— Arsenal-DNA (@AFC_DNA) August 11, 2019
If Arsenal didn’t have Xhaka today, that was a loss written over it. We clearly need a better DM but on the current batch no one is better than him. So stop hating. Mikhi can go, we have enough going forward already.
— Six Mzazi Jembe (@Majeybeka) August 11, 2019
Xhaka didnt put a foot wrong today,guendouzi also maturing,ceballos might sit on the bench
— Olayiwola (@bishopope4) August 11, 2019
Xhaka was excellent second half, the hate he gets is ridiculous
— Jake (@JakeAL_) August 11, 2019
guendouzi and xhaka both superb with their positioning today, helps so much defensively, hopefully that continues.
— GoonAFC (@GunnerLDN3) August 11, 2019
Don’t get the Xhaka hate today ? thought he had one of his good games and was one of our better players
— Gaz (@GaryH15) August 11, 2019
MOTM for me was Xhaka.
— Divine (@Divine_Boi) August 11, 2019