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Sokratis defends Xhaka captaincy 0

Posted on October 01, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has been the target of some sharp criticism lately, with his performances continuously underwhelming. The Swiss international is known for his uncompromising battle style in the middle of the park, and he’s therefore expected to stamp his imprint and help Arsenal establish control over games. The expectations have only grown bigger after his selection as the team captain. However, it’s fair to say that he hasn’t lived up to those expectations at all.

The scrutiny the central midfielder finds himself under will only have increased further as he ducked down to let Scott McTominay’s shot sail over him and into the top corner in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

Emery reveals Xhaka has been chosen as captain 0

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the Granit Xhaka has been named club captain. The queue behind the Swiss international goes like this: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil – these players are in line for the armband in case Xhaka is unavailable to play.

The boss praised the midfielder’s commitment, behaviour, experience and determination, but most of all his ability to deal with pressure and criticism and lead the way.

Emery asks his squad to pick their captains 1

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Instead of simply choosing captains of his own team, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has decided to ask the squad for their opinion. According to Rob Holding, the Spaniard asked his players to write down their suggestions for captains on a piece of paper and hand it to him for consideration.

Although strictly speaking the club are required to have only one skipper, clubs can decide to choose more than one just to be on the safe side. While Liverpool, for example, have three, last season Arsenal had five: Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil. Of these five, Xhaka and Ozil are the only two candidates who are still at the club this season, as Koscielny and Ramsey have recently moved to new clubs and Cech has made the decision to retire from professional football.

Players and fans weigh in on their team’s defeat 0

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Drawing in the away match against Watford yesterday was a big disappointment for both the team and their fans, especially since after the first half the Gunners felt close to winning. As it so often happens, counting on the victory made the team prone to mistakes, which the opponent have managed to turn to their advantage.

After failing to appear in any of the games since the beginning of the season, Mesut Ozil finally made his season-debut at Vicarage Road. After the game ended the German midfielder decided to share his discontent via his twitter account and thank their fans for the support:

Xhaka confirms injury on international duty 0

Posted on September 09, 2019 by Harry Kettle

“I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game,” he said.

“It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.”

Those are the words of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, who admitted that he has been dealing with some kind of an injury. On the opposite end of the spectrum, here’s Arsenal manager Unai Emery defending him after he was responsible for the penalty that caused the club to drop points against Tottenham Hotspur.

New season – old problems? 0

Posted on September 01, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

So the North London Derby ended in a draw, with the two teams scoring two goals apiece.

Perhaps it’s too early at the moment, but the immediate feeling is – disappointment.  More than anything else, it feels like an opportunity missed, a chance for Arsenal to pull away from their fiercest rivals and closest neighbours gone down the drain. The teams could have been five points apart, a big advantage this early in the season, but as it is, the gap remains only two.

Arsenal’s most valuable stars – Part 2 0

Posted on June 07, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Alexandre Lacazette

When Lacazette is playing at the top of his game, he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League and it really is that simple. The Frenchman gives 110% every time he’s out there, and hopefully, he’s still got enough confidence to take him through a full season in the Premier League.

Mesut Ozil 

There have been too many near misses and too many mistakes to warrant keeping him at the club. Mesut Ozil has been a controversial figure in the last few years, and getting rid of him now would be a massive statement – but in a good way. Arsenal need the best of the best within their ranks, and this man doesn’t fit into that category in 2019.

News Roundup: Xhaka injury, Elneny reports, Lacazette expectations 0

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

There hasn’t been any movement in the Premier League for the last 10 days as clubs around Europe gave way to international football, but a few Arsenal-related stories have popped up these days just to give us a kind of a warm-up ahead of the final stage of the season.

Xhaka Injured

Midfielder Granit Xhaka left Switzerland’s Euro 2020 qualifier after 79 minutes as coach Vladimir Petković succumbed to his request to be substituted.

“Xhaka could not stay on the pitch. He asked me ten minutes before to be replaced.” Petković explained after the game.

Arsenal star talks about ‘taking the next step’ in his career 0

Posted on March 23, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal central midfielder Granit Xhaka has raised question marks over his future with the club in an interview with a publication in his homeland.

In part of the interview with newspaper Tagblatt, Xhaka is quoted as saying: “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”

Typical interview on an international break

This is typical of what the foreign press tends to do when players are back in their country on international duty. They tend to take their opportunity to stir the pot, as it were and encourage players to say things they probably would not to the British press.

Xhaka & Iwobi shine 0

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Harry Kettle

The international break isn’t the best thing in the world, and we promise that we’re going to stop going on about it sooner rather than later. A lot of fans just aren’t that interested in what their nation is going to do unless it’s at a major international tournament, and even then they can be pretty fickle after one or two bad results. Nonetheless, despite being quite negative about the whole process ourselves, we’re choosing to look on the positive side of things – especially in the wake of a few really important performances from Arsenal stars.



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