Granit Xhaka had an excellent reputation at Borussia Mochengladbach, so how did they get the best out of him?
Xhaka is having a frustrating season so far and Arsenal fans are starting to question just how good he really is.
Having progressed from a young talent to a midfielder with an excellent reputation at Gladbach, it’s clear that the German club knew how to get the most out of him.
One Arsenal fan took to asking Gladbach fans just what they did to get the best out of the Swiss international.
The responses he got suggest that Arsenal haven’t been using him correctly.
One fan pointed out that Xhaka tended to play with a defensive midfielder such Christoph Kramer, who spent two years on loan at Gladbach before joining permanently in 2016.
With a defensive player alongside him, Xhaka’s mistakes were less noticeable. By contrast, he’s the lone holding player at Arsenal and may have to rely on skills he doesn’t have.
Another fan blamed Arsenal’s system, pointing out that several players have failed in Xhaka’s position and the demands made on it in Arsene Wenger’s chaotic set-up.
While Xhaka did play well during his first season at the club, it’s possible that Arsenal are using him in a role and set-up that don’t utilise his best traits.
In which case, Wenger will have to decide if he should change things to get more out of him, or use someone else who could be better suited.