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‘No surprise’: Danny Murphy thinks Mikel Arteta is finally playing Arsenal man in his best position, he’s ‘thriving’ now
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‘No surprise’: Danny Murphy thinks Mikel Arteta is finally playing Arsenal man in his best position, he’s ‘thriving’ now

Danny Murphy has told TalkSPORT that Mikel Arteta is finally playing Granit Xhaka in the right position and he’s now ‘thriving’. 

Xhaka has put in some brilliant displays for the Gunners this season and has already registered three assists and one goal. 

The 29-year-old has even been handed the captain’s armband in Arsenal’s last two fixtures. 

And Murphy thinks Xhaka’s upturn in form is down to being given a role that suits him in the Gunners’ midfield. 

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Xhaka is finally playing in his best position 

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy said the Swiss international doesn’t suit playing in a holding-midfield role

“Sometimes in my job, it’s nice to be proven right. I said about four or five years ago when I was heavily critical of Xhaka playing in the holding role,” he said. 

“I felt for him because managers kept playing him in the wrong position. He’s a creative player, he’s got a great left foot, he’s got a great shot, he can see a pass.

“He’s not the most athletic and he doesn’t spot danger particularly well. Why he was ever playing the holding role I don’t know. 

“There’s no surprise to me that we’re seeing him in a more forward role, thriving a little bit more because there’s more freedom in his play. He can make the odd mistake and not worry. 

“Credit to him, he looks a really different man in terms of his body language, his temperament, he’s not moaning as much, he’s not going into stupid tackles. He looks fitter and he looks like he’s enjoying his football.” 

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Thomas Partey returned from injury on Sunday and played alongside Xhaka as Arteta’s men cruised to a 3-0 win over Brentford. 

Xhaka set-up Jesus with a brilliant lofted pass and is arguably in the best form of his Arsenal career. 

The midfielder has struck up a decent partnership with Partey in midfield and the Ghana international allows him to play further forward.

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