Granit Xhaka could be the man to help Unai Emery handle Arsenal’s left-back problems according to former Tottenham Hotspur manager
With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal struggling with injuries and form lapses, the ex-Sevilla manager has had to deploy Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as left-backs, which is yet to produce desirable results.
Considering the January transfer market is still far away, the Gunners need an adequate solution before they can act on the market again.
Speaking about Arsenal’s issues related to the left flank, the former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle told the Football London, Granit Xhaka could be Emery’s joker.
“It’s a lot simpler for him (at left-back),” Hoddle said. “When he’s got the ball, everything’s inside him. Unless he’s got a flying winger that he’s got to get tight on early, it’s a lot simpler, everything’s inside.
“In midfield, the centre of midfield, you’ve got 360 degrees, everything’s going on around you. You’ve got to have eyes in the back of your head and he hasn’t got that I’m afraid.
“Playing left-back you can see everything, defensively and he’ll get time on the ball. Your left and right-back nowadays push on and he will enjoy playing that.
“Whether long-term he can be the answer for that, he’s got a lovely frame on the back post, as a centre-back you’d love him on the back post clearing headers away.
“So he might actually end up as Arsenal’s left-back.”
With Arsenal looking to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Emery might be willing to implement the innovative strategy for the first time this season.