A section of Toolbox advocates on Twitter were pleased with the efficiency of midfielder Granit Xhaka throughout the club’s 0-0 draw versus Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The Gunners had entered into the game after 3 successive league wins, but they were left irritated versus the Eagles as they struggled to produce any specific opportunities.
Still, Xhaka had among his best games in the Gunners’ shirt defensively with 13 ball healings, 6 takes on, 3 clearances while winning 9 duels (Squawka).
The 28- year-old did concede ownership on more than a few occasions, but he offseted the exact same by tracking back and making some crucial takes on.
The Swiss made a key block to deny Wilfried Zaha from having a shot on goal in the opening half and after the interval, he cleared a cross to reject Christian Benteke a prospective tap-in.
The ex-Arsenal captain has actually divided opinion among the Gunners faithful over the years, but some fans have valued the midfielder’s current display.
— Ceballos great very first half
— Xhaka made some excellent takes on
— Partey got minutes
— Laca didn’t see the ball enough
— ESR great motion in behind
— Saka shipments unreal
— We can’t score headers
— Aubameyang needs to be dropped
— We missed out on KT a LOT
— Pépé … Well
— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) January 14, 2021
Granit Xhaka has been extraordinary this game! Solid efficiency
— Vansh Chauhan (@01 _ vansh) January 14, 2021
Xhaka has been quality today
— P ™ (@SemperFiArsenal) January 14, 2021
Xhaka has been defensively really good today.
— LTArsenal ™ (@ltarsenal) January 14, 2021
Xhaka my guy of the match left absolutely everything on the field
— Jay (@JayMGooner) January 14, 2021
Xhaka has been our finest gamer by a distance. Bar some sloppy passes, been exceptional.
— Max. ♣ (@AFCMax9) January 14, 2021
With the return of Thomas Partey following a thigh injury, one of Granit Xhaka or Dani Ceballos might potentially lose their place in the starting line-up in the coming games.
Hence, it was unsurprising that both gamers stepped up with their efficiency versus the Eagles, however Xhaka appears the likely candidate to partner Partey.
Arsenal missed the possibility to move into the leading half of the table after the goalless draw. They are scheduled to host Newcastle United in their next video game on January 18.