Read: The Good And Bad Of Granit Xhaka's Arsenal Form This Season

Well! It's not rocket science that Granit Xhaka's form has been a thing of debate most times of his Arsenal career. Fans have different opinions on Xhaka's performance and recently named as one of the captains has added more weight to the Switzerland international's shoulder, four weeks into the new season and fans are already on his case no thanks to the misplaced pass against Cardiff that led to a goal. Already his place in the team is up for debate with new signing Lucas Torreira showing his ready to breaking into the starting XI.
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Granit Xhaka. Image Credit: Skysports
Four weeks gone out of the new season already and Arsenal are sitting 9th on the league table, with 6 points from 4 matches (won 2 lost 2) scored 8 goals and conceded 8, so we have a goal difference of 0, which goes a long way to highlight our defensive fragility. You can check the league table Here

The Bad Side

Xhaka put out a poor performance against Manchester City on the opening day and was substituted in the 70 minutes of the game that ended in defeat for the gunners at the Emirate stadium. The next week against Chelsea after half time he didn't make it out on to the pitch with his team mates as he was changed during the break. The manager cut him a slack and was back in the team for the matches against the Hammers and Cardiff, but a lot of the fans are worried now after the misplaced pass against Cardiff which led to a goal.
One of the biggest criticism used on Xhaka is that he lacks pace and mobility and if you look at the statistics you will notice it's true.
According to AArsenl's Premier League tracking data this season, Xhaka has averaged fewer high-intensity sprints per match (4.4) than any other outfield player.

The Good Side

Xhaka once described himself as a "fake NO. 10" and that's exactly what he is. He's a very creative player who is very good in picking out his team mates in advanced positions. He doesn't rank high on assists or even chances created, but his intelligent passing provides a very important link between defence and attack.
Numbers don't lie and the stats back it up, according to Opta, Xhaka has made more passes into the final third than any other outfield player in the Premier League in this new season. In the Arsenal team nobody is close to his record of 535, with the closest person being Mesut Ozil on 236.

My Opinion

A  lot of fans want to see the midfield partnership of Guendouzi and Torreira, yeah I want to see the partnership too. Of course Guendouzi and Torreira in the midfield will provide more solidity to Arsenal's defense but will it provide these penetrative passes like when Xhaka is there?
It was obvious in our match against Chelsea that we lost that penetrative passes as soon as Xhaka was pulled off.
I think the fans are going to hard on Xhaka and it's too early to judge. Players need confidence and they need to feel loved and at home but Arsenal fans want perfection and that can put much pressure on a player, plus I hope Xhaka and his team mates doesn't watch Arsenal TV, which is dominated by light headed people.

Arsenal will be be in action this weekend (Saturday) when they travel to St. James Park to take on Newcastle.
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