A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Granit Xhaka’s performance during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge.
Arsenal fans were treated to what appeared to be an insight into Arteta’s plans when he spoke about how impressed he was with Xhaka ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium (via Telegraph).
And it looks fair to say that Xhaka vindicated Arteta’s faith with his performance on Boxing Day. It was not the best result for Arsenal, but there were encouraging signs. And Xhaka certainly provided one of them.
His partnership with Lucas Torreira in the middle of the park was extremely impressive. Xhaka boasted a staggeringly good passing success rate, with Whoscored.com showing that he successfully completed 90 of his 96 passes.
He also won both of the challenges he attempted. And the signs suggest that Arteta’s arrival could prove to be a real turning point in the Switzerland international’s Emirates career.
Plenty of Arsenal fans insisted that Xhaka was the man of the match. The supporters lauded the upturn in form that Xhaka seems to have enjoyed since Unai Emery’s departure.
And they are hoping that his display against the Cherries was a sign of what is to come from the 27-year-old during Arteta’s time at the helm.
Here is what some of the fans were saying about Xhaka’s performance…
Ozil and Xhaka bossing and composing the midfield for Arsenal! Oh the moments you live for!
— Omair Javed (@omijaved) December 26, 2019
That was a laudable performance from Torreira and especially Xhaka.👏
— TIMI (@Timi_Ramon) December 26, 2019
Xhaka was very good today yet I can’t help but think we need to find someone else to play Arteta-ball.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) December 26, 2019
Xhaka was our best player today but I would pick Torreira as MOTM. He made everyone’s life easy today in that midfield and defense.
— Christopher (@Oga_Prixus) December 26, 2019
By the way, xhaka was brilliant.
— Glasses (@Aderinola08) December 26, 2019
Granit Xhaka had a superb game.
— Bäs! (@edem_gonne) December 26, 2019
Disappointing result, but can already see the progress after a few training sessions, have to say xhaka and toreira very impressive today
— Pels (@Ahmed_Pels) December 26, 2019
Excellent performance from Xhaka and Torreira today, Ozil stepped it up too. Disappointed we only got a draw but incredible attitude and style change in just 5 days. Lots of positives 🔴⚪ #arsenal #Arteta
— Wayne de Jager (@wayne_dejager) December 26, 2019
Been really impressed with Granit Xhaka, keep it up big man.
— 🔴⚪ (@aaron8AFC) December 26, 2019