Arsenal will look to bounce back from a disappointing week when they host a struggling Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday, and Gunners fans don’t want Granit Xhaka to start in midfield.
The north London outfit picked up successive draws away against Southampton and West Ham United in the last week, but those results saw them drop down to seventh in the Premier League table and they are now one place below and one point behind Burnley.
Xhaka has been a mainstay in the middle of the park this season, but his belo-par performances have come under scrutiny from the Emirates Stadium faithful in recent weeks.
Even though his midfield partner Aaron Ramsey will be absent against the Magpies because of a hamstring injury, Arsenal supporters still don’t want the Switzerland international to take his place in the team.
While one said he “has to be dropped today”, another went further and said “if Xhaka starts then it could be a draw or a Newcastle win”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
If Xhaka starts then could be draw or Newcastle win
— Craig (@DeafGooner) December 16, 2017
Cannot wait for the line up. People’s blood is going to boil again when they see Coquelin in the starting line up. I expect Xhaka & Giroud to start again too ?
— S. (@Zeus_Cannon) December 16, 2017
Xhaka and Alexis have to be dropped today. If both start, justice need to be served!
— Mesut Giroud (@MFe73m) December 16, 2017
Keep Xhaka off the pitch for a start.
— Nick Oliver (@nickyj0506) December 15, 2017
@ArsenalFanTV @Arsenal would go with 442 today. Kolsaniac mustafi chambers midland niles. Iwobie eleneny Wiltshire Walcott lacca grioud.. Sanchez ozil need be told re sign or u be on bench and gone in January, xhaka bellerin need dropping.
— Nigel Hume (@nigelhume) December 16, 2017
— ARSENAL IN REBUILDING (@icematrix_21) December 15, 2017
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