Aston Villa v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

'This ain't criticism, these are the facts!': Ex-Arsenal man hits out at player Arteta loves

Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images

Former Arsenal player Kevin Campbell took to Twitter yesterday to have a go at Granit Xhaka and how he offers nothing to the team.

The Swiss international, despite outstanding recent performances, still constantly faces the wrath of a section of Arsenal supporters like Campbell mainly because of what happened in the game against Crystal Palace back in 2019.

My Revenge On Ben Foster

The same fans had a problem with him before the incident, but what happened that day in November further strengthened the agenda against him, and those fans will not change their views even if Xhaka turns into prime Xabi Alonso.

Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images

The former Borussia Monchengladbach man has been one of our best players since Boxing Day. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka get all the plaudits for turning Arsenal’s season around and rightly so, but Xhaka deserves a ton of credit as well.

Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta have all stuck by him despite the opinions of people on the outside. That should tell you something about the player Xhaka is, but Campbell, sadly, just can’t see it.

He replied to a fan on Twitter who questioned his comments on The Mirror about bringing in Yves Bissouma to replace Xhaka in order to add goals and assists to this Arsenal side.

The Insider’s View:

Should Arsenal sign Bissouma? Yes! Is Campbell right? Absolutely not!

The agenda against Xhaka here is clear as day. Yes, the Swiss international has his flaws, but some of the criticism he gets from pundits and the media is completely unjustifiable, just like Campbell’s latest comments.

The former Arsenal man says Xhaka doesn’t offer goals or assists – what defensive midfielder is expected to score regularly?

He also says that Xhaka does not dominate games. Unfortunately for Kevin, the stats say otherwise. Have a look at the graphic below.

(Photo by @amonizfootball vis

Granit Xhaka definitely has flaws in his game. His discipline is a concern at times, while he also has the tendency to make a meal out of simple things in the defensive third, which often leads to chances to our opponents.

The Swiss international will surely put his hands up and admit that, but some people’s assessment of his game truly is laughable, and the criticism that follows because of their bad judgement is absolutely unacceptable.

The most important thing for Xhaka is that Arteta trusts him and the fact that the Arsenal boss has started him in every single game since Boxing Day shows exactly that.

A player like Bissouma will certainly be an upgrade to Xhaka, but that does not make the former Arsenal skipper a bad player. He is brilliant at what he does but sadly, he will never get the credit he deserves from a section of our fan base.

Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment