Former Gunner Charlie Nicholas thinks Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should leave Granit Xhaka out of their upcoming home matches.
The Scot feels that with the Gunners usually being dominant in home matches, a holding midfielder like Granit Xhaka is not necessary. “I (Nicholas) would consider dropping him ‘I (Nicholas) am going to go with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey’,” he said on Sky Sports via Daily Star.
“Do Arsenal need a holding midfield when you’re playing at Emirates Stadium? They might say ‘well they’ll be too attacking minded’. But they’re attacking minded when they have a holding midfield so I (Nicholas) would leave (Granit) Xhaka out.”
That a modern-day analyst even needs to ask if the Gunners need a holding-midfielder in home matches is mind-boggling.
Home or away match, protecting the midfield position is a necessity for any side. Granit Xhaka has started every match for the Gunners this campaign and played in a lot of home matches last term as well.
In my opinion, to play with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the midfield, as per Nicholas’ suggestion, would be as good as not playing with any midfielder at all.
Nicholas feels the North London club need momentum after a rather slow start to the Premier League season, where we’ve managed to pick up seven points from our opening five matches.