Arsenal pride themselves on entertaining, possession-based football, but one of their vital cogs could be letting them down – as Granit Xhaka has misplaced more passes than any other player in the Premier League this season.
The Swiss midfielder cost Arsenal £30m in 2016 and has yet to live up to expectations. Xhaka has been sent off several times in the past 18 months, since joining the London club, and has let the side down in big fixtures.
Fans are far from thrilled about his passing stats, too. Being the anchor in Arsene Wenger’s midfield, Xhaka needs to learn how to dictate games better. It’s no good if he keeps losing the ball.
According to the Telegraph, the 25-year-old has misplaced 153 passes so far this season, which is more than any other player in the top-flight.
It doesn’t make for brilliant reading, and this is how Arsenal fans reacted to the horrendous stat:
Granit Xhaka ?????— John Cooney AFC ? (@johncooney1) November 5, 2017
Seriously when I think of the money we spent on him.
Distinctly average is being kind
Slowest midfielder in England
Granit Xhaka is the worst midfielder I've ever seen in the Premiership - so so so bad— Steve Rybowski (@stealthysteveo) August 11, 2017
If Xhaka’s shocking form continues, his Arsenal career will come to a prompt end. There can be no questions about that given these stats.