Arsenal rounded off their tour of the USA with a mixed performance in Washington D.C, taking Real Madrid to penalties, though surrendering a 2-0 half-time lead in the process.
The Gunners made a fast start to proceedings as Alexandre Lacazette scored from the penalty spot before setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who doubled his side’s lead.
Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio were the architects of Madrid’s fight-back at a point where both clubs were down to ten men. Despite the depleted numbers, Arsenal fans weren’t impressed with one of their starting players.
Granit Xhaka has come under criticism for his performances throughout his Arsenal career, and the pre-season encounters have afforded him little respite from the regular criticism he is subjected to.
The Switzerland international, tipped by Unai Emery to be one of his captains for the upcoming campaign, has a tendency to be rash with his decision-making but also sloppy in possession, shown by his 139 fouls since arriving in England, while also making seven errors leading to goals.
It seems with a new season to come and a brand new kit to enjoy, fans aren’t wiping the slate clean with their midfielder.
Here’s what the Gunners faithful on Twitter had to say about Xhaka’s performance vs Madrid…
Please get rid of xhaka and mkhitaryan good night
— Mateusz Kozioł (@MK______14) July 24, 2019
Reason number 524 of why we should sell Xhaka and NOT make him captain
— Redcannon ♦️ (@Redcannon8) July 24, 2019
Being press resistant is a vital quality of a CM and that is what Xhaka is lacking. Small press and man loses the ball
— Lawal Oluwapelumi (@peluminoni) July 24, 2019
Disappointing from Xhaka, he’s supposed to be our captain. pic.twitter.com/EODhc9RUQF
— Rn24〽️ (@Afcgooner33) July 24, 2019
— ifxhakafansfuxkoff (@a4af0a9d76184e4) July 24, 2019
Xhaka puzzles me so much? I see a good player in there, but he looks like he couldn’t care less & makes the same errors over & over again
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) July 24, 2019
you strategically missed xhaka after the shambolic performance he put in today…. how can the midfield fall apart after an u23 player (WILLOCK) is substituted off?!… xhaka is a proper useless player
— Octopuses™ (@MureedSirleem) July 24, 2019