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 Post subject: Granit Xhaka
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:07 pm 
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So after yesterday's game against Burnley, aside from Wenger trying his hand at MMA with the officials the other main talking point is Xhaka.

It is a shame because he has a great passing range on him and a wand of a left foot and he could be a player who could be a regular here for a few years if he sorts the mental side out. However, for all that talent he is a liability at the moment. He is avoiding costing the team points at the moment but there will come a point when he will cost the team big time.

Is this something that Xhaka will be able to cut out? Comparison's will be made with Vieira and how he did but I think it is slightly different. Vieira was more about getting wound up and reacting whereas Xhaka is more about rash decisions in my opinion, making unnecessary fouls. It not just stupid lunges but also the penalties as well he will give away which were unnecessary.


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 Post subject: Re: Granit Xhaka
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:20 am 
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He had a bad record in Germany as I understand it and at 24, one worries the penny might never drop. One expects his performances to get even better as he adjusts to a new league, he does have a range of passing, ups our tempo and gives us an attacking threat when he gets forward, that will keep improving. His ability to work out not to be reckless and endanger the team? Not so sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Granit Xhaka
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:15 pm 
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Granit Xhaka: Arsenal player questioned over racial abuse allegation
By Richard Conway 24th January 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38736988

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been interviewed under caution by police following an allegation he racially abused an airline staff member at Heathrow on Monday night. Swiss Xhaka, 24, is believed to have been with a friend who had visited him in London and was returning home. The man is understood to have arrived late for his flight back to Germany and was not allowed to board. It is at this point that the racial abuse is alleged to have occurred. Arsenal have declined to comment other than to say it is a private matter that is now in the hands of the police.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the BBC: "Police were called at 19:29 GMT on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five. The allegation was made by a third party. Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquires continue." The incident occurred just over 24 hours after Xhaka was sent off during his team's 2-1 victory over Burnley in the Premier League.


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 Post subject: Re: Granit Xhaka
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:08 pm 
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As Tubz hinted in the OP, it often seems that Xhaka's reds and pens are not about rush of blood to the head, a question of temperament - instead it's a technical problem. If we take the Burnley one, never mind the bad pass to start off with. It's a bad decision to go for a tackle like that; it's bad technique to tackle like that; and it's even bad technique to make it look a lot worse than it was.

I don't know if that makes it easier or harder to solve, but seems like he needs to refrain from making low-probability tackles, and/or practice not making them look so scythey.

This is probably made harder by the job he's been given, where he's supposed to be the one defensive lying midfielder while he's got 5 players ahead of him bombing around. His reds have come in stupid places very high up the pitch, but he's probably on guard all game thinking lose the ball at half-way line and we've got a counter and a goal.


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 Post subject: Re: Granit Xhaka
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:48 am 
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He has to learn that sometimes you can't win the ball but that doesn't mean you can not defend the situation. The penalties for example. From what I can remember in both cases the player was going away from goal. A competent defender would just continue to shepherd the player out of the area and away from goal and then try and nick the ball but if not, let the player run down a blind alley. But Xhaka feels this need to have to win it all out and thats where the problems begin. There is nothing wrong with having the desire to win the ball but you have be smart enough to know when you can and when you can't and he has played enough football now for that penny to start dropping more frequently than it is.


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