Granit Xhaka arrived at Arsenal for big money in the summer but so far has found things difficult, with glimpses of brilliance accompanied by regular time out of the first-team and poor performances, particularly defensively.
With Santi Cazorla injured, Francis Coquelin hobbling off against Bournemouth and Mohamed Elneny at the African Cup of Nations, Arsenal will need the Swiss international to find his best form in the weeks ahead as the Gunners look to get their campaign back on track.
Arsenal fans themselves with have their hopes for what the former Borussia Monchengladbach can achieve and the midfielder has also highlighted what he’s looking for in 2017, when speaking to the club’s official website.
“I hope to stay fit and healthy of course, that’s most important, and that we’re successful on the pitch. We have a lot of aspiration at the club, including the players, and we work hard every day to realise those aspirations. We hope that we’ll have success to show for those efforts come the end of the year.”
“What would be successful? Well, every club has objectives. We want to achieve those objectives, so we want to show that we have managed to achieve what we set out to do in the summer.”
“It’s always tough to say about something on a personal level. It’s important that I’m able to achieve something with this team, because it’s a team sport after all and that’s most important. My own personal objectives fall in line with that.”
Whilst not highlighting specifics, it’s clear Xhaka is hoping for trophies this season and it seems the FA Cup will once again be their best chance, as Arsenal have fallen behind in the Premier League title race and don’t look good enough to win the Champions League.