Arsenal new-boy Granit Xhaka drew plaudits after an assured performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win away to Watford, and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man looks to have settled in the Premier League now he’s being afforded consecutive starts in the first-team.
The 23-year-old has made three Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season, averaging a tackle or interception every 14 minutes so far. Xhaka’s impressive range of passing has been praised too, with the Swiss international having made 22 attempted long-range balls for Arsenal so far.
His strength and balance in the middle of the park has meant he’s yet to be dispossessed when dwelling on the ball, and he boasts a 66% dribble success rate. There is the matter of him totting up the fouls, however (5), which will lead to many yellow cards over the course of the season, but supporters will be pleased with what they seen of Xhaka so far.
For many years, Arsenal have been criticised for not having the required steely types in the midfield to bully the opposition, but Xhaka looks a throwback to the days of Emmanuel Petit in the early 2000s. Acting as the destroyer alongside the creator Santi Cazorla, Arsenal have good balance in the midfield and could well start putting wins together with key players settling in.