Pundit accuses Arsene Wenger of playing summer Arsenal signing in wrong position
Danny Murphy says Granit Xhaka looks awful playing in a holding role in the Arsenal side
Danny Murphy believes Arsene Wenger should consider using Granit Xhaka in a more advanced position after the Arsenal midfielder’s latest sending off.
The Switzerland international received the second red card of his Arsenal career last weekend after Xhaka was penalised for a two-footed challenge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour at the Emirates Stadium.
It led to an uncomfortable final 30 minutes for the Gunners as Alexis Sanchez’s added-time penalty secured three points in an unconvincing 2-1 win against Burnley at The Emirates.
The Arsenal defensive midfielder arrived at the north London club with a suspect disciplinary record after being sent off seven times in two seasons at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Speaking to London Evening Standard, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy suggested that Wenger could have great success playing Xhaka in a more attacking midfield role when the Swiss star returns from his suspension.
“I would stop playing him in a holding midfield role. His tackling technique is awful, he doesn’t spot danger and he fails to track runners from midfield,” Murphy said.
“He is playing in a system where you need serious mobility to operate effectively in the holding role – and Xhaka does not have that.
“Why not start him higher up the pitch? He has a wonderful left foot, he can open up a defence with his passing and he can score goals from distance.”
Xhaka moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer transfer window.