Mikel Arteta has admitted that opinion-divisive Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is giving the team something different in his new position as left-back, in which the Swiss star has now appeared six times.
The Arsenal manager became asked whether the “very small rotation” in the problem position was deliberately carried out in order to give Xhaka the “best chance to adapt to the new role”.
Arteta agreed that this was “one of the reasons”. Xhaka has played every minute of the left-back’s last six games after Kieran Tierney was injured and looked mixed on the defensive.
Xhaka’s use in defense may have made the team more creative and forward-looking in midfield, but the 28th -Year-old had some difficulties in one-on-one situations in the new position.
Mikel Arteta on Granit Xhaka, who is used as a left-back for Arsenal, and how the star offers the team “something different” in this role … Pic.twitter.com/CU59G5T8M8
“That was one of the reasons for the way we wanted to play and for the players around.”
“We did it, a few Conceding goals since playing there and that has not happened in 13 games. ” He gives something else to the team. “
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Arteta also mentioned Cedric Soares in the press conference that can be read here. He’s played a fair bit of left-back since joining Arsenal but unfortunately cut his playing time when Xhaka was drafted and Calum Chambers had already started building some momentum on the opposite flank.
Good during Xhaka in the Premier League looked, the natural midfielder seemed a bit overwhelmed in the first leg against Villarreal, which the team lost 2-1.
Xhaka looked unflattering with his defense in front of the Spanish team’s first goal, so Arteta may have to be here make a change to raise the Gunners’ hopes for a return leg comeback.