Granit Xhaka has performed 258 instances for Arsenal throughout all competitions (Image: Getty)
Garth Crooks says he dislikes Granit Xhaka and feels ‘he ought to have left Arsenal years in the past’.
Xhaka thanked Arsenal supporters for a ‘very special day’ after he captained the Gunners to a 3-0 win towards Brentford on Sunday.
Arsenal followers serenaded him all through and after the sport, chanting his identify – one thing that will have been unthinkable three years in the past – when Xhaka threw his shirt on the bottom after getting jeered off by his personal supporters in a house recreation towards Crystal Palace.
The Switzerland worldwide was stripped of the captaincy after the incident, and his Arsenal profession appeared over till boss Mikel Arteta arrived and satisfied the participant to remain on the Emirates.
He induced additional controversy on the finish of final season when he appeared to take a dig at Arsenal’s younger gamers, however Xhaka is now taking part in his finest soccer a lot to the followers’ delight and was singled out for praise by Gunners legend Ian Wright following the win over Brentford.
Crooks, although, stays unconvinced by Xhaka, admitting he doesn’t like him regardless of the 29-year-old trying ‘very spectacular’ on the weekend.
‘I don’t like Granit Xhaka,’ Crooks informed the BBC. ‘I discover him confrontational, overly aggressive and altogether irritating.
‘However, on his day he’s an excellent participant. He ought to have left Arsenal years in the past.
‘Nevertheless, for some cause he has not solely stayed on the membership, but additionally sometimes wears the captain’s armband, such is his recognition nowadays.
‘In opposition to Brentford he appeared very spectacular and so did Arsenal.
‘I want to know why Brentford didn’t lookup for this recreation, however the Gunners have been so good I quite suspect that even when that they had it wouldn’t have modified something – Arsenal have been that good. Most worrying.’
In a message to Arsenal followers after the win in west London, Xhaka mentioned: ‘Hey guys, Granit right here. Nice win, nice outcome, thanks in your assist.
‘You’ve been superb however as properly for myself to listen to what occurred as we speak, to say my identify, to sing the track for me.
‘It’s a really, very special occasion and thanks once more, see you quickly. All the very best guys.’
Arsenal are prime of the Premier League after the opening seven video games of the season and return to motion on October 1 once they host Tottenham within the North London Derby.
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