Granit Xhaka was never the most loved player at Arsenal, even under Arsene Wenger, but somehow, Unai Emery has managed to make things much, much worse.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

He’s always had major flaws in is game but, as Matthew and Anita discussed on this week’s Daily Cannon weekly Arsenal podcast, under Wenger they were better disguised.

“At least under Wenger, Xhaka was able to be part of a more attacking team and so his more positive qualities could be demonstrated,” host Matthew said.

“Even though we saw is weaknesses, they were slightly offset by seeing more of his positive qualities.

“But what we’re seeing under Unai Emery, not only is he left just as exposed without the right partner, he is not getting to showcase his other talents.

“Because of the way the team is set up, it doesn’t really give him as many passing options, which, as we all know, is his greatest strength.

“I think, using it as a link, the one thing we can say is the performance against Wolves, it was proof perfect that Xhaka really isn’t to blame for the stodgy and non-functioning performances from our central midfield over the last year because he wasn’t there and not a lot changed.”

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