Arsenal fans have slammed Granit Xhaka after the Gunners fell to a dispiriting 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday.
Unai Emery’s men struggled against a disciplined Blades side that was roared on by a vociferous Bramall Lane crowd.
Indeed, they mustered just three shots on target throughout the entirety of the game, with Nicolas Pepe missing a particularly gilt-edged chance in the first-half.
Nevertheless, Xhaka was the subject of some pretty scathing criticism on Twitter following the game, with many supporters believing that he did not do all he could to prevent the Gunners’ defeat.
Of course, the Switzerland international, who has won 78 caps for his country, has been handed the club captaincy by manager Unai Emery and is now in a position of considerable influence in north London.
Per WhoScored, he had 81 touches of the ball across the 90 minutes, mustering one dribble, two aerials won and three tackles.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
The insistence to stick with Xhaka and the refusal to play Torreira baffles me.
— Highbury Harold (@BlackScarfAFC) October 22, 2019
Xhaka is without doubt, the worst Arsenal captain ever.#AFC
— Barnesy (@barnesy_3) October 22, 2019
WHAT EXACTLY DO WE NEED XHAKA FOR? To make naive fouls, give the other team momentum? Keep players onside? Get red cards? Hospital passes? Lose the ball? Miss headers and tackles? Blame other players? Torreira is the far better option. #UnaiEmeryOut pic.twitter.com/ucGuIFkCaF
— Shaatie (@sharonshaatramn) October 21, 2019
Xhaka- A clown
For some reason unknown to every arsenal fan and likely a lot of players, our manager Unai emery keeps picking xhaka to protect our defense
• long passes
• long shots
• making unnecessary tackles
— AFC fans’ account (@AFC62147185) October 22, 2019
The things most Arsenal fans are in agreement about:
Sokratis – Luiz partnership doesnt work.
We cant play out from the back from a Goal Kick.
Xhaka shouldnt be anywhere near the squad.
Emery really isnt good enough.
— Dan (@DanMatAFC) October 21, 2019
Arsenal should sell a player and use the money to buy a pair of glasses for Unai Emery to see that Granit Xhaka is only great when playing hide and seek
— Harrison Marex (@HarrisonMarex) October 22, 2019