By Dominic Toner
Arsene Wenger has left summer signing Granit Xhaka on the bench against Liverpool which has caused a fierce reaction from supporters on Twitter.
Senior pair Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin will start the game in the midfield for the Gunners, meaning the £30million signing Xhaka will have to wait to make his Premier League debut.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 14, 2016
Arsenal supporters have expressed their anger on Twitter as the marquee summer signing has been left out of the starting 11.
Here are a selection of the messages:
— Tony Miller (@TMiller0122) August 14, 2016
— Viva Football™ (@VivaFootball) August 14, 2016
No xhaka No ox.. Do I need to even buy Fifa 17, I could still use Fifa 15 it’s still the same team
— CP3 (@ThatGuyReubz) August 14, 2016
Desperate for Xhaka to be subbed on today🙏
— death by arsenal. (@missarsenal49) August 14, 2016
No xhaka in in the starting line up 🤔
— Monty (@Aaronmonty90) August 14, 2016
how can xhaka and cazorla be on the bench
— ronaldo (@audsldn) August 14, 2016
Xhaka and Cazorla need to be starting.
— MesutÖzilonni⚽️ (@JArroyo_4) August 14, 2016
How can Xhaka not play. I rate that boy’s engine. Good player
— TUNDAY (@TundayB) August 14, 2016
Why is coquelin playing ahead of Xhaka
— Sam (@SamOKC94) August 14, 2016
The former Borussia Mochengladbach midfielder joined in June for a fee believed to be in the region of £30million, after starring in Switzerland’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Xhaka was integral to the Gladbach side that qualified for their debut Champions League appearance last season, making an impressive 140 appearances in four years with the Bundesliga outfit.
The 23-year-old moved to Galdbach in 2012 for £6.75million and developed into one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding midfielders.
Arsenal played out two draws with Liverpool last season as the clubs could not be separated in their two league meetings, but will be hoping to get off to a winning start at the Emirates this campaign.
In other Arsenal team news, Jack Wilshire has praised the great landmark achieved by his team-mate.