Danny Murphy has suggested on TalkSport that Mikel Arteta would be better off getting rid of Granit Xhaka as he goes about reshaping his Arsenal team.
The former Premier League midfielder was discussing the dire form of the Gunners during yesterday’s Jim White Show.
Arsenal are in 15th place in the Premier League and have scored just 10 goals in the league during the 2020/21 campaign.
Xhaka’s moment of magic on Sunday cost his team dearly. He was dismissed for an altercation with Ashley Westwood, with Arsenal going onto lose 1-0 to Burnley.
Murphy believes Arteta is making the same mistakes and has singled out a few players who are either struggling or being managed badly.
He told TalkSport: “I’ve defended Arteta in the past but he’s making the same mistakes.
“I said last season that although Xhaka has turned his form around, you won’t compete and get Arsenal back up the table with him in midfield. I’m not just digging Xhaka out though.
“Lacazette isn’t a 10, Aubameyang scores most of his goals playing off the left and he’s playing him through the middle. Willian, who I love, is having a bad spell and he needs a breather.
“Ceballos is the most skilful and creative player and he’s on the bench.”
TBR View – Arteta has Xhaka-sized conundrum to contemplate
We’ve been here before with the Switzerland captain.
Just over a year ago it was thought that his Arsenal career was over after a public spat with supporters after he was substituted during a game against Crystal Palace.
Arteta arriving seemed to earn him reprieve with the supporters though – and in fairness, his form did improve.
This season he hasn’t always been the first choice though. Mohamed Elneny has been in better form and Thomas Partey has arrived from Atletico Madrid.
With that in mind, the Gunners could perhaps do without Xhaka.
If Arteta wants to strengthen his squad he will probably need to offload some players and why not Xhaka.
He is paid £100,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium and perhaps the time has come to offload him once and for all.