Wenger Reveals The Reason Behind Xhaka's Meagre Amount Of Arsenal Game Time

With the Premier League being one of the few divisions in Europe that doesn't have a mid-season break perhaps Wenger is also anticipating either a major or mini injury crisis at some point and therefore holding the young midfielder back somewhat in addition to letting him feel his way into the league.

Xhaka's arrival was one of the catalysts for Jack Wilshere to request a loan move to play more football and he ended up making a temporary switch to Bournemouth.

The Swiss midfielder, 24, was signed by the Gunners in the summer, arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach as a seemingly key component for Wenger's set-up.

The possibility of having some open space for players to run into, and Xhaka's ability to pick passes from deep, would suit the Gunners, particularly if the wide players can recapture some of the form they showed earlier this season. "I am confident he will do very well".

Among the players who typically occupy the deep areas of midfield, only Francis Coquelin seems to have convinced Wenger of that in recent games, but yesterday the Arsenal manager hinted that Xhaka's time may be coming.

Asked if Xhaka was finding it hard at present, Wenger conceded: "Yes, but that is part of the job". "He does not get into the final third of the opposition half a lot".

However, the Switzerland worldwide has suffered much the same fate as Manchester United man Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has also had a slow start to life in England.

Xhaka ought to be the next best equipped to deliver passes between the lines from the cadre of Arsenal midfielders.

"But you want them to compete and convince you that they can get in the team and then it becomes obvious they have to play".

The post Arsene Wenger Happy With Granit Xhaka's Progress appeared first on 360Nobs.com. "He's more a guy who gets the ball from the defenders and finds the high midfield". "If you look at Thierry Henry at the start when he came here, he was not playing", Wenger said.

Arsenal welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and ahead of that game, Wenger has explained why Xhaka isn't starting on a regular basis and also revealed where he thinks his summer signing is best positioned.

  • Joey Payne