Countdown: The five best Premier League defensive midfielders – agree?
5. Granit Xhaka
The Swiss international made his big-money move from Monchengladbach to Arsenal this summer and is already proving his £34million price-tag was worth every penny.
Xhaka has added the necessary steel in midfield for the Gunners and has also contributed with two goals in the past week. His passing accuracy added with his tackling has enabled Arsenal’s midfielders to play with more freedom than previously granted since Patrick Vieira’s departure in 2005.
With this recent signing, Arsenal must be considered serious contenders for a Premier League title.