Why Granit Xhaka is an absolute necessity in Arsenal's midfield
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Is Granit Xhaka really the biggest problem at Arsenal?

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A 2-2 draw in the derby against Tottenham seemed underwhelming despite coming back from two goals down. Our second half dominance deserved more than just a point but two goals conceded remain the biggest issue.

A combination of errors by Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Bernd Leno helped Eriksen tap in from close range while Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness in the box gave Spurs a penalty. His errors have earned him a ton of backlash from fans and pundits but are they missing the bigger picture?

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Highly rated by both Wenger and Emery , Xhaka surely has something in him that is worthy of starting every game. However, his consistent individual errors have overshadowed all the good work he does in our transition from defence to attack.

Apart from the penalty against Spurs on Sunday, Xhaka had a very good game. His constant switching of play was outstanding and his distribution from the deep deserved a lot more credit.

Joe Willock isn’t ready to replace Xhaka

Joe Willock has been touted to take Xhaka’s place but he isn’t ready to take on the burden of the whole midfield. Willock is a brilliant ball carrier and his movement in the attacking areas has shown real promise. However, it is far too early to completely depend on him to be our man during the transition.

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With more games under his belt, Willock will be one of the best English players in the league. However, he shouldn’t be forced into the side just for the sake of it. Xhaka is an integral part of our all-round game and although his errors have cost us a few goals over the years, he does more good than bad for the team.

With a front three as deadly as ours, Xhaka’s long balls to release the two wide players will be of monumental importance in games where we will be pushed into our own half and Emery rightly recognizes that as he continues to start him week in, week out.

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