Granit Xhaka is not good enough to warrant a place in Emery’s starting lineup

After all the fanfare of the Wenger Out brigade at Arsenal, they finally got their wish and Unai Emery now sits in the dugout at the Emirates.

The next bit of the script didn’t exactly go to plan as Emery’s new Arsenal lost to Manchester City on his opening game in charge.

It seems fans might have to realise change might be slightly harder to come by than a simple managerial replacement with a squad rooted in over two decades of Wengerism.

Only two new signings featured in the 2-0 loss against the champions and unsurprisingly it was more of the same from the Arsenal we have come to know as they were second best in pretty much every department against an admittedly very strong City side.

One side effect of the Wenger hangover that looks difficult to cure is the problem of Granit Xhaka, who started in midfield alongside the impressive youngster Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey.

Xhaka has never looked like the estimated £30million player that Arsenal thought they were signing back in 2016 and his latest performance proved his inadequacy at the top level.

Granit Xhaka stats v Manchester City

The 25-year-old didn’t make any sort of impact on the match despite registering 55 touches in the 69 minutes he was on the pitch.

The defensive midfielder only registered one tackle during the game and failed to make any key passes, misplacing eight of the 43 he attempted.

Xhaka didn’t make a single interception, while his replacement Lucas Torreira managed to make two during his short time on the pitch.

If Emery really wants to release Arsenal from the status quo, a good place to start would be making sure Xhaka does not remain a regular fixture in his starting squad, particularly after investing in two promising young talents who already look like a better fit in the squad.