Arsenal host Liverpool in a huge Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, and Gunners fans don’t want midfielder Granit Xhaka to start.
The north London outfit are in fifth position and one point behind their opponents going into the clash, and they will know that they can overhaul Jurgen Klopp’s side in the table with a win.
Xhaka has started every one of Arsene Wenger’s men’s 18 top flight matches so far this season, and with midfield teammate Aaron Ramsey currently absent because of a hamstring injury, the French manager doesn’t have an array of options in the middle of the park with Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny the other players who could slot in.
Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on the Switzerland international via social media, and while one said ‘if Xhaka plays over Wilshere, we lose’, another said “really, really hope Xhaka doesn’t start today”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Really, really hope Xhaka doesn't start today. I like him, I rep him but he's just too slow, his spatial awareness is horrible and that won't work with the LFC press. It'd be like throwing him into the lions den.
— D² (@StunningXhaka) December 22, 2017
Would love to see Coquelin and Debuchy start ahead of Xhaka and Bellerin !
— Faaiz (@DatGuyFaaiz) December 22, 2017
I’d drop Xhaka tonight … he will get ruined by pace. Jack and maybe Elneny, might not have the quality but he’s a workhorse. I’m 50/50 on Welbeck and Sanchez which one to start.
— Andre Fahey (@AFahey_Official) December 22, 2017
Personally would start Coq over Xhaka, or even AMN but i know he'll be playing Lb
— Ö Z (@MindfulMesut) December 22, 2017
start Jack n bench xhaka for 45mins
— Tshoganetso Modise (@skwizmaan) December 22, 2017
I hope Coq and Wilshere will start tomorrow for @Arsenal. Xhaka is one overrated player tbh!
— FROSTY SOSA (@kizo_steez1) December 21, 2017
Drop Xhaka tonight , simple as
— IX (@ItsKanyinsola) December 22, 2017
God help us if Wenger starts Sanchez,Bellerin and Xhaka.
— bk (@_kvmvu) December 22, 2017
If Xhaka plays over you, we lose
— Dave (@MGOBlue_25) December 21, 2017