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16 Jun 2018 06:16:39
I have witnessed much critiscm in respect of Xhaka's contract extension, but I have a feeling that he suffered under the previous regime and may well be one of the players that benefit from the increase in training sessions, focus on the defensive side of the game and a stronger emphasis on pressing the opposition. Xhaka along with the likes of Kolasinac, Bellerin, Holding, Maitland-Niles are players that I expect to see greatly improved under Emery.
I would prefer to see Xhaka played slightly further forward where his excellent passing and shooting skills can be exploited, as well as being able to defend, without being a DM.
I am eagerly anticipating seeing the 'new' Arsenal team under Emery.

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16 Jun 2018 07:06:13
Totally agree RG! It's quite funny how people are already slating Emery for allowing Xhaka to sign a new contract. In my opinion he has been played out of position and hasn't been able to train to be a DM let alone play as one week in week out! Come on Unai sort it out! #EmeryOut.

16 Jun 2018 07:33:15
Hi Glenn, in addition from a financial point of view we have suffered in recent seasons from allowing players contracts to run down, both in terms of uncertainty and having to sell players below their full market value. At 25 years of age Xhaka is a valuable asset. I believe he was restricted form playing his natural aggressive game after a couple of early sendings off and from using his shooting ability, as well as being played too deep in a DM role, when he would be far more effective played further forward, where his attributes can be better used. Teams and players can change considerably under different managers, you only have to look at Everton last season who started terribly, yet finished a creditable 8th.

16 Jun 2018 08:22:11
Couldn't put it any better myself mate. The player we saw for Switzerland who made a good impression early on was forced in to a role and despite his efforts going forward, he was always going to criticised for his lack of defensive ability! I for one will be routing for Xhaka next season with his new look partnership (if the deal goes through) . Like i have said many times, if he has another bad start then look at options again. Him signing a new contract just makes him worth a little more if he needs to be sold imo and in this day an age, people will still pay good money for him!

16 Jun 2018 10:08:19
And Chambers?

16 Jun 2018 10:36:10
I didn't realise Chambers had a new look partnership in defensive midfield?

16 Jun 2018 10:43:52
I didn't realise Belerin Holding or Kol did either Glen but the post I was replying to mentioned them :-)

16 Jun 2018 12:01:24
RG there ia a very good reason, you have witnessed much criticism of xhaka. he's pants mate.

16 Jun 2018 12:10:52
Steve I hope Xhaka has a brilliant 2018/ 19 season and proves me you and most football fans wrong about him.
For some it's already happend and Xhaka was brilliant next season already:-) .

16 Jun 2018 12:49:07
To be fair - Granit will probably be in his more natural position with defensive cover next to him and behind him. If the entire team defends and presses more - we should see the quality his international performances state he should

Let’s give him and the new manager the benefit of the doubt fast as we have the manager signing a freebie aged defender that everyone would have snagged Wenger off for doing., .

16 Jun 2018 13:01:18
Totally agree SY mate, if Emery wants to give Xhaka or any of our underachieving players a chance that's fine by me, we will judge Emery on what comes from his decisions rather than now when none of us know whether they are good or bad decisions.
Arsene had lost credibility mate simply because far too many of his decisions didn't work out.
If it was Arsene signing a 34 year old we would all be dejected because of his terrible record with signing over the last 5 to 7 years.
Emery hasn't failed yet so he brings hope and possibility which is exciting while poor old Arsene just got to many things wrong to many times in the end mate.

16 Jun 2018 18:46:03
Yes agree guys, i just though Emery would have seen he was a major problem in our decline but i must trust him to do the impossible. I just hope he can work miracles and we aren't saying when our season is over in december, should have got rid of xhaka. i'm sure he can make a racehorse out of a donkey. Lol.



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