Arsenal legend, Gilberto Silva, is pleased with how Granit Xhaka is gradually adapting to the Premier League.
One of Arsenal’s best ever defensive midfielders, Gilberto Silva, reckons that Xhaka is now starting to adapt to the Premier League and the former Gunner in pleased with the 24-year-old’s progress in north London.
“Xhaka is now adapting to the Premier League, and to how Arsene [Wenger] wants things to be done,” Gilberto told 888sport, reports the Metro.
“I’ve watched his last few games for the club and I’m happy with how he’s progressing. This season is going to be very important to him but also to Arsenal, because having him as a strong figure in the middle of the park gives them someone to break up play when it is necessary. He is capable of that.”
Gilberto played 170 league games for the Gunners between 2002 and 2008, and along with Patrick Vieira, will go down in history as one of the best in his position to wear red and white.
Although comparisons have been drawn between the retired Brazil international and Francis Coquelin, it’s reassuring that the 40-year-old has given Xhaka his approval.
The midfielder has been hit or miss so far this season. He was man of the match during Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Chelsea at Wembley, before putting in a strange display during the Gunners’ season opener against Leicester.
The Switzerland international was responsible for the Foxes’ second goal during Arsenal’s 4-3 win at the Emirates. However, he then went on to assist Aaron Ramsey’s equaliser and Olivier Giroud’s winner.
Against Stoke, he created just one chance, compared to five against Leicester.
As Gilberto says though, he’s only just adapting to a new league. There’s plenty of time for him – and the rest of the team – to develop and improve.
When he’s good, he’s fantastic, and for the moment that’s what we should be focusing on.