Arsenal supporters highlight Xhaka importance after defeat to Everton

Arsenal’s fans have flooded to Twitter this afternoon to highlight the key role played by Granit Xhaka in their side, after the Swiss midfielder missed the Gunners’ defeat at Everton.

Jagielka decides it

Unai Emery’s men travelled to Goodison Park a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.

Arsenal headed into proceedings on a superb run of 5 victories from their last 6 league outings, a stretch which meant that a 3-point haul on Merseyside would have seen them leapfrog Tottenham into 3rd in the English top-flight table.

Everton, though, have also been in fine form of late.

The Toffees had put Chelsea and West Ham to the sword in their last 2 outings, keeping a pair of clean sheets in the process.

And the upturn being enjoyed by Marco Silva’s men carried very much into this afternoon, as Everton eventually emerged with a deserved 1-0 victory.

Phil Jagielka bagged the only goal of the clash with just 10 minutes on the clock, slotting home at the near-post following a long throw-in from the left.

‘Realise just how important Xhaka is’

Arsenal, in truth, were dominated from start to finish at Goodison, with the North Londoners having barely created a chance of note all afternoon.

Despite all of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette having taken to the pitch at one point or another, there was a distinct lack of fluidity and creativity to the play of the Gunners, with Everton having bullied the visitors throughout the 90 minutes.

A makeshift midfield-2 of Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny proved completely ineffective, with their side’s lack of a link between defence and attack having since seen droves of Arsenal fans point to the absence of one player in particular as telling.

The individual in question is the oft-maligned Granit Xhaka, who missed out this afternoon through injury:


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