Tim Sherwood has said on talkSPORT (9:13am, October 3, 2022) that he has been shocked by how Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has turned it around at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager has said that he did not think that Xhaka would be able to make a comeback at Arsenal after what happened against Crystal Palace in October 2019.
As reported by The Guardian at the time, when Xhaka was being substituted at the Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal fans booed and jeered him.
The midfielder was not happy and made that clear to the Arsenal fans.
Unai Emery was the Arsenal manager at the time, and the former Paris Saint-Germain boss eventually stripped Xhaka of the captaincy.
Sherwood made the comments about the £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) Switzerland international midfielder while discussing his performance for Arsenal against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the North London derby this weekend.
Xhaka was among the goalscorers for the Gunners.
Arsenal won the Premier League match 3-1.
TIM SHERWOOD ON ARSENAL MIDFIELDER GRANIT XHAKA
Sherwood said about Xhaka: “I love it when you have got a character like that. I absolutely thought he was finished once the armband went down. I thought there was absolutely no way back for him.
“He has knuckled down. He has found a manager who he likes now, he really wants to play for the team, he drives them on, he is playing in a more advanced role now.”
IMPORTANT PLAYER FOR THE GUNNERS
In our view, Granit Xhaka is now one of the most important players for Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given the midfielder to go forward, and playing in a box-to-box role is helping him.
Thomas Partey is the ‘destroyer’ in the middle of the park for Arsenal, and his presence has certainly helped Xhaka in getting more freedom to do his stuff and play his nature game in midfield.