24-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Arsenal in win against Preston
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Preston in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Xhaka is not good enough for Arsenal
Granit Xhaka made the summer move to the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach for a huge £30million fee. The Switzerland international was the player that Arsene Wenger spent the most on in the summer, but he has failed to convince fans that he is anything other than a flop in an Arsenal shirt. Xhaka lacks the pace and brain power that is required of a good defensive midfielder and that he is why he soften sees cards. The 24-year-old is not good enough for the north London giants and should be axed from the team.
Maitland-Niles is not a right-back
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has covered a number of positions as he looks to make his breakthrough into the Gunners senior team this season. He has mainly played in the central midfield position, while also covering right midfield, but on Saturday he was played at right-back. He has only featured in the defensive position once this campaign in the EFL Cup against Nottingham Forest and against Preston he showed that the role isn’t the one for him. Facing the more experienced Aiden McGeady, Maitland-Niles was beaten on numerous occasions and failed to cope with the attacker. In an overall poor display for the youngster he will be keen to learn from it.
A change of scenery needed for Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the move to north London from then League One outfit Southampton in a £15million deal. He was considered one of England’s brightest prospects at the time, but he has struggled to fully establish himself at Arsenal, while especially struggling for cosistent form this campaign. He looked out of his depth against Preston on Saturday, a Championship side and it seems as though a change of scenery may be the best thing to happen to Chamberlain if he is to fulfil that early potential.
In other Arsenal news, Everton may be interested in signing this Gunners forward if Romelu Lukaku leaves the club.