WHO IS GRANIT XHAKA?

Xhaka is a complete midfielder

who can play in the holding role

but also in a more advanced

position. He can sit deep and

dictate play from there or burst

forward and support attacks as a

more dynamic box-to-box player.

The 23-year-old is aggressive in

the way he plays, crashing into

tackles and showing a real desire

to win back the ball from the

opposition. As a result, this can

be his biggest weakness. Indeed,

in the 2015-16 season alone

Xhaka was sent off three times in

the Bundesliga, more than any

other player.

Xhaka admitted recently that he

needed to be calmer, with

opponents noticing his hot-

headed nature and attempting to

wind him up during matches.

Gladbach coach Andre Schubert

even had to substitute him at

half-time against Ingolstadt

because he was on the verge of

being sent off yet again.

WHAT ARE HIS STRENGTHS AND

WEAKNESSES?

Xhaka is technically gifted, a very

good passer and his main

strength is his ball-winning

ability. He is excellent at harrying

opposition attackers and

regaining possession and he

reads the game extremely well.

Going forward, the Switzerland

international is capable of

grabbing the odd goal although

only managed three from 25

shots in the latest Bundesliga

campaign.

He is still young, but already has

plenty of experience at the

highest level. Xhaka won several

titles and awards with Basel and

has featured in the Champions

League with the Swiss outfit, as

well as with current club

Gladbach, whilst also appearing

at the 2014 World Cup, where he

scored against France.

Xhaka's style means the Premier

League seems a perfect fit for

him although he must continue

to work on cooling down his

temper. The 23-year-old is a

leader, who isn't afraid to

express his opinion publicly, and

took the captain's armband at

Gladbach towards the end of the

season.

WHERE WILL HE FIT IN AT

ARSENAL?

Looking at Arsenal's mentality,

and their penchant for free-

flowing football and quick

attacking play, Xhaka should fit in

immediately and will likely to be

deployed as a holding midfielder.

His excellent distribution will

mean he can be relied upon to

bring the ball forward rather

than just as a shield to protect

the defence and it is for that

reason that he is likely to replace

Francis Coquelin in the starting

XI. Xhaka has even joked that

he's already spoken with the

Frenchman, telling him that he

would be taking his No.34 shirt!

With Mohamed Elneny set to play

for Egypt at the Africa Cup of

Nations in January 2017, it could

be that Xhaka is relied upon

heavily by Wenger in 2016-17

and he's certainly up to the task.

Source: goal.com

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