Ian Wright delivers honest verdict on ‘nice’ Arsenal signing
The Arsenal legend doesn't believe Granit Xhaka has shaken up the Gunners dressing room
Ian Wright believes Granit Xhaka is looking like another nice Arsenal signing that is incapable of shaking up Arsene Wenger’s dressing room.
Arsenal signed Xhaka in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer transfer window as Wenger looked to bolster his midfield options.
The Switzerland international has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in Wenger’s side despite his big-money move to the north London club at the start of the summer.
However, Xhaka, who was sent off against Swansea City at The Emirates, completed 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeats by Everton and Manchester City over the past week or so.
Speaking to BBC’s 606 podcast, former Arsenal striker Wright discussed Xhaka’s impact at the north London side since his £33m move.
“Arsene Wenger has been very sparing with him so early. People watched him in the Euros and they wanted to see what he is capable of,” Wright said.
“He has been in and out of the team. He hasn’t really stayed in there. He has played the last few games and obviously Arsenal haven’t played particualrly well. He is the last one in and he is getting a lot of stick.
“It isn’t really happening for him yet. He is a top player. I’m not sure what kind of effect he is having. He is another player who has just fit into a nice dressing room and everyone is mates and no-one is digging the players out.”
Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Chelsea in the title race.
The Gunners finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and 10 points behind champions Leicester City.