‘HE’S SLOW’: LJUNGBERG SAYS ARSENAL PLAYER HAS ZERO PACE AND LOOKED ‘SCARED’

‘HE’S SLOW’: LJUNGBERG SAYS ARSENAL PLAYER HAS ZERO PACE AND LOOKED ‘SCARED’


On BT Sport, Martin Keown and Freddie Ljungberg both agreed that Arsenal's Granit Xhaka does not seem to be at ease at left-back.



Since the injury to Kieran Tierney, Xhaka has been selected to start on the left side of Arsenal's defense.


However, it was obvious that the Swiss defender was struggling against Villarreal last night.

Arsenal lost 2-1, which was a good result considering they had fallen behind 2-0 in the tie.


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“He's pointing to Ceballos to get in front of him,” Keown said of Xhaka, who was constantly placed on the back foot. 

It appears to be the behavior of a player who is uncomfortable in that role, despite the fact that his manager has put him there.



“So it's down to the manager's decisions; it's not Xhaka's fault.”

“I think he's the most improved player we've got. However, playing him at left-back exposes him to my attacks.”

Arteta's decision to play the central midfielder at left-back was also questioned by Ljungberg, who used to manage Arsenal.



Xhaka's lack of speed, according to the Swede, makes him very afraid in one-on-one situations.

Ljungberg said, "That's exactly what I wanted to say." “We are aware of Granit's flaws; he is a great ballplayer with a strong left foot, but he is late.

“That's why he drops all the time; he doesn't dare to come up because he's afraid of getting done. But you can't really blame him.”



Arteta does have other options at left-back, the most obvious of which is to transfer Bukayo Saka to a more defensive position.

Saka, on the other hand, now provides Arsenal with so much moving forward that it's easy to see why Arteta wants to keep him in a forward position.

And it'll be fascinating to see who starts on the left side of the defense in the second leg, as Arsenal will be looking to reverse the deficit.


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