Arsenal have dropped points in their last three games and although Granit Xhaka was ruled out through illness in the Gunners’ latest draw against Southampton, the experienced midfielder has some words of wisdom for his teammates.
Arsenal might be ten games unbeaten in the Premier League, but with three draws in their last three games they have handed the initiative to Manchester City ahead of the clash at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Granit Xhaka has encouraged his teammates to drown out the noise and continue to rally together.
After three consecutive games with 6 points dropped in total, doubts have been raised about Arsenal’s mental strength as a squad in the final stretch of this unrelenting Premier League title race.
The 30 year old Swiss midfielder is a player who has persevered through many challenges at Arsenal football club and someone the team looks to for direction and motivation. After being awarded then swiftly stripped of captaincy in 2019 under Unai Emery and struggling with form and suspensions in the years following, Granit Xhaka’s turn around and incredible form has been a point of emphasis in this outstanding Arsenal campaign.
Xhaka has responded to the claims of mentality struggles with words of wisdom for his teammates ahead of the big title clash at the Etihad on Wednesday night…
“This is not about our mentality and I am certain everyone will see a reaction from us. Everything is still in our own hands if we win our remaining games, so nothing has changed on that front.”
Xhaka continued on to urge his teammates to focus only on themselves in their remaining Premier League fixtures.
“We go into our next matches with the same objective, we’re not looking at what Manchester City are doing.
If anyone thinks that we’d get to this point of this season by smashing all our opponents without dropping points, I think they’re not in the right position.
We are disappointed and when things are not going well it’s easy to show the finger to someone else.”
After doubts that the Swiss midfielder was capable of remaining in the squad in the summer, Xhaka has responded by boasting his most impressive campaign since joining the squad in 2016 with 5 goals and 5 assists in 31 appearances in the league.
Arsenal head to the Etihad on Wednesday night needing a win to keep the Premier League title race in their hands.