Graeme Souness reveals why he is not impressed by Granit Xhaka
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has criticised new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka in his latest column for Sky Sports.
The midfielder joined the Gunners from Borussia Mochengladbach in June for a fee believed to be in the region of £30million before starring in Switzerland’s Euro 2016 campaign.
The midfielder remains the north Londoners only senior addition to their squad this summer but Souness is not convinced by Xhaka.
“In the Euros, I wasn’t impressed by him,” former Liverpool manager and captain Souness wrote in his Sky Sports column. “He looks like a steady midfield player. I do like his attitude, he talks a good game, but he’s got to back that up. I like someone who comes across as bordering on arrogant, but you’ve got to be able to back it up.”
Xhaka did not start Arsenal’s 4-3 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Sunday although he did come on after 61 minutes as a second-half substitute.
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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 the German outfit in 2012 for £6.75million and developed into one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding midfielders.