#artxhaka Do you know?
It has taken just over two years for Granit Xhaka to reach a century of games for Arsenal – becoming the 218th player in history to do so – and he has rarely missed a game since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach😱 No-one has featured in the our lineup more often than Xhaka since he made his debut against Liverpool on August 14, 2016😍
He's on a run of 56 consecutive Premier League appearances, stretching back to February 2017, and was our only ever-present player in the competition last term👀
Mind blown!!🤯💥 #xhakaboom
It is Granit’s 100th appearance as a gunner💯, as Arsenal won 2-0 against #Everton ❤️ It wasn’t a pretty win to be frank😂 Cech saved us so many times while we scored an offside goal which shouldn’t be counted🤔 So proud of Granit tho!!😍 Hopefully more and more appearances to come🤤
Respect is something that lacks in people nowadays. What the Gabonese Federation of Football has done to @aubameyang.papa is inadmissible. In my humble opinion, this Federation needs a total restructuring because it seems that is runned by people that doesn’t know what they doing (which obviously also affects the performance of the national team). Finally we want to express our support to the Aubameyang’s relatives.
Granit Xhaka on criticism: “Criticism can make you stronger, and that’s what it should do. If you are criticised, you can’t let your head go down or let it destroy you inside. You have to keep going, keep working and improve on those weaknesses, as well as your strengths.
We’re people who live in the public eye. Lots of people talk, lots of people write things and I have no problem with that. Everyone has their own opinion - some may really like a certain player but not another.
But criticism should make you stronger. What’s important is that the coach is satisfied, and that you yourself are satisfied.”
On his role in Arsenal: “For him it’s important that I help us build up play from the back, that I play passes between the lines and that I help us to keep our balance between defence and offence.
In my opinion, I’ve got a big role to play in this team. The new coach has made me one of the five captains, which is a great message from him and from the club that I can undertake responsibility.
It made me really proud and pleased to be named as one of the captains of such an excellent club. It heightens your motivation.”
Granit Xhaka tidak jarang dikritik atas performanya di Arsenal. Namun, suara sumbang itu justru akan membuat dia lebih tangguh.
Pemain internasional Swiss itu kerap menjadi perdebatan sejak bergabungArsenal dari Borussia Moenchengladbach pada musim panas 2016. Pada awalnya, Xhaka diharapkan menjadi pelengkap skuat Arsenal saat masih dilatih Arsene Wenger usai finis kedua di 2015/16.
Namun, Xhaka justru tampil buruk di musim pertamanya karena bermain dengan sembrono. Xhaka mengoleksi lima kartu kuning dan dua kartu merah dalam 32 penampilannya di liga.
Label sembrono kian melekat pada Xhaka usai musim keduanya mengoleksi 10 kartu kuning. Sekalipun, gelandang berusia 25 tahun itu menjadi bagian penting rencana manajer Unai Emery usai menjadi starter di lima pertandingan Premier League pertama Arsenal. "Kritik bisa membuat Anda lebih kuat, dan seharusnya memang begitu," Xhaka mengatakan di Standard. "Kalau Anda dikiritk, Anda tidak boleh membiarkan diri Anda terpuruk atau membiarkan kritik itu menghancurkan Anda dari dalam." "Anda harus terus maju, terus bekerja, dan memperbaiki kelemahan-kelemahan Anda, begitupula dengan kekuatan Anda." "Kami adalah orang-orang yang hidup di mata publik. Banyak orang berbicara, banyak orang menulis banyak hal dan aku tidak masalah dengan hal itu. Semua orang punya opini sendiri-sendiri -- beberapa mungkin menyukai seorang pemain tertentu tapi tidak pemain lain." "Tapi kritik seharusnya membuat Anda lebih kuat. Hal yang penting adalah pelatih puas, dan Anda puas," lugas Xhaka.