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Gary Neville says Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka must start learning from mistakes

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Gary Neville says Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka must start learning from mistakes

The Swiss midfielder has been in the news this week but did not face Liverpool last night.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has given his verdict on Granit Xhaka, focusing on his poor performances instead of his outburst against Crystal Palace last weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville ripped into the £35 million (BBC) star for failing to learn from his mistakes or perform at the level required.

He said: “I struggle with Xhaka full stop. It’s his ill-discipline in his performances generally over a period of the last two or three years. I’ve never watched a player who seems to learn less from his experiences than Xhaka. He makes what must be four hundred mistimed tackles a match. He essentially gets booked every time I watch him.

 

“He doesn’t set the tone for his team-mates with his performance. What happened on Sunday doesn’t surprise me. He’s the least experienced experienced player I’ve ever watched. He’s rash. I have a bigger problem with the way he doesn’t perform and doesn’t carry his team on the pitch.”

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TBR’s View – Xhaka’s inability or unwillingness to change has created huge frustration

The fans who go to the games every week don’t want to see the same player showing the same failings every single time they go the Emirates Stadium.

That’s what creates the tension between the fans and Xhaka. He had 41 international caps when he joined Arsenal but has played like a young, inexperienced player throughout his time at the club.

As Neville says, there has been no evidence that he wants to or can change his game to cut out the errors which have plagued him. He doesn’t deserve personal abuse but Xhaka has simply not evolved during his time in England.

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