'Been ordinary for a long time' - Exclusive: Bent rips into Arsenal player who started v Norwich
Darren Bent ripped into Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and admitted he wasn’t sure he was capable of turning his Gunners career around.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa striker claimed the 27-year-old wasn’t a good enough player to improve his fortunes at the club.
Xhaka started the 2-2 draw with Norwich City on Sunday, with him making his first Premier League start in that match since clashing with fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Bent explained that Arsenal fans would never truly forgive Xhaka for his outburst and pointed out that he personally thought the 27-year-old’s performances had been ordinary for the club for far too long.
When asked if Xhaka can turn his luck around at the Emirates, Bent told Football Insider: “I think it’s too late now.
“He’s coming from a place where he has obviously sworn at the fans, told them to basically get lost, took his shirt off and all that, and that’s always going to be at the back of a fan’s mind.
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“I don’t think he is a player who will all of sudden turn into a world-beater, I don’t think he has got that in him.
“The fans will never forgive him, they obviously might not boo him, but as far as getting them on side, the fans will never really take to him.
“Yeah for me he has been ordinary for a long time, but the fans won’t allow him (chance to redeem himself) and for me, I don’t think he is good enough of a player to all of a sudden turn it around.”
Xhaka has played a total of 12 times this season across all competitions and has registered one assist in the process.
The Switzerland international has been at the Emirates since joining the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.