ARSENAL fans are poking fun at Granit Xhaka after Sky Sports revealed some damning stats about the midfielder.
In a Reddit sub titled “First in everything. Atleast a Ballon D’or nomination surely..”, the Swiss international’s last two seasons were discussed.
Xhaka, 26, leads the Gunners in fouls, bookings, times dribbled past and tackles lost since the start of the 2017 campaign.
And fans piled in on his form, although there were plenty who leapt to his defence.
One wrote: “An absolute calamity of a football player.”
While another added: “The look on his face in picture, is the same look I make when he concedes a penalty.”
Some of the replies pointed out that as a regular starter, Xhaka has had more games to rack up fouls.
And others suggested that their fellow supporters back the judgement of Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger.
One urged: “Look, we all know he has his weaknesses. However, there are strong points to his game as well, which the likes of Wenger and Emery have seen in him.
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“And I think I’ll trust their judgment more than a funny guy on Reddit. For better or worse, he’s the Club captain for the time being. Get behind the lad.
Arsenal head to Watford on Saturday with the debate over their midfield sure to rage on.
And some fringe players could get a shot as the Gunners’ Europa League campaign gets underway against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.
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