Since he arrived at Arsenal, Granit Xhaka has received nothing but criticism from large sections of the media no matter what he does.

Arriving with a reputation for getting in to trouble on the pitch, an unwarranted one as we’ve already shown, he got no room to adapt to a new club in a new league in a new country.

But those ever-so-helpful people at the CIES Football Observatory have compiled a list of the top 10 players per position across Europe’s top five big leagues, and guess who features when it comes to defensive midfielders…yep, you guessed it.

Coming in 9th place, Granit Xhaka features while the media’s pick for player of the season, N’Golo Kante, doesn’t even make the top 10.

For real.

top defensive midielders